6:45pm pre-concert talk by James Lisney
Sonata in E, D 157
Sonata in a, D 845
Sonata in B flat, D 960
Schubert first and last. James Lisney complements his traversal of the eleven completed piano sonatas by adding the incomplete Sonata in E from 1815 (the composer’s first surviving sonata project) as a counterpoint to the magisterial Sonata in B flat. The latter, much loved work, is testament to Schubert’s profound confidence and positivity in drawing upon Beethoven’s heroic masterpieces (such as the Archduke Trio or the Emperor Concerto) without overwhelming his own unique voice. Is this, as Edith Vogel postulated, “Beethoven in heaven” – or Schubert’s commanding answer to his own question “Who can do anything after Beethoven”?
SJE Arts International Piano Series 2017