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Pianist Clare Hammond returns to Luton to play two of Beethoven’s dazzling early sonatas which were designed to show off his exceptional gifts as a pianist to the musical world of Vienna – Op 7 in E flat and the C major sonata from Op 2. The ambitious Op 7 work was subtitled Grande Sonate and it is second in length only to the mighty Hammerklavier. Carl Czerny, Beethoven’s pupil and friend, suggested that the nickname of Appassionata might well have suited this fiery work as well as it suits that later Op 57 work, heard earlier in this series. The sonata includes plenty of passages that would have demonstrated Beethoven’s admirably cantabile playing style. This was his ability to create a beautiful singing tone when tracing a melody, which was very different to the less legato, unpedalled technique that was associated with contemporary performers such as Mozart.

The concert also presents contrasting repertoire from the current day, including a selection from Preludes by Adam Gorb (a piece specially written for Clare) and an atmospheric new work, Abstracts, by young British composer Richard Birchall.

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Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in E flat Op 7

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in C Op 2 No.3

Adam Gorb – Preludes

Richard Birchall – Abstracts

Clare Hammond