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Beethoven Piano                                      12th Oct 2020 The Bear Club Map

A chance to hear the authentic voice of the period fortepiano, the instrument in whose image much of the earliest keyboard writing of Beethoven would have been conceived.

Period specialist John Irving, Professor of Historical Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, plays Beethoven’s C minor sonata from Op 10 on an instrument specially brought into Luton for the recital. He will also perform the later Op 90 masterpiece in E, illustrating how the composer’s writing began to demand more from the keyboards of the day.

He will be joined by period clarinettist Jane Booth in contemporary works by Danzi and Weber. These works, delightful and engaging in themselves, will also help to place the visionary achievements of the Beethoven sonatas in the context of other music of the time.

Irving’s performances are balanced and exquisitely judged, with moments of high drama.’

Presto Classical

Franz Danzi – Clarinet sonata

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in C minor Op 10 No.1

Carl Maria von Weber – Variations from Sylvana

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in E Op 90




Jane Booth (clarinet)  

John Irving (fortepiano)