6:45pm pre-concert talk by James Lisney
Sonata in B, D 575
Sonata in G, D 894
Sonata in c, D 958
Compared to the confirmed position of a Beethoven cycle, a presentation of the Schubert piano sonatas retains a large element of surprise and creativity. Miracles of drama and lyricism are hidden behind anonymous Deutsch numbers; Schubert’s eternal youth can encourage lazy assumptions about the status of his instrumental works; his position as the ultimate song composer can betray appreciation of his commanding compositional craft. James Lisney’s life long devotion to the composer’s complete works places his advocacy of the piano sonatas in a special category, making him a trusted guide through the huge emotional range contained within these three sonatas.
SJE Arts International Piano Series 2017