26.01.13 7.45pm, Sheffield Crucible Studio Theatre; £15, £10 Disabled and Unemployed, £5 Under 18s and Students
Piano Sonata in G Op.31 No.1
Piano Sonata in E flat Op.31 No.3
Piano Sonata in D minor Op.31 No.2 Tempest
Piano Sonata in E flat Op.81a Les Adieux
Tim continues his Beethoven piano sonata cycle with stunning pieces written at moments of personal and political crisis.
At the time of writing Op.31, Beethoven wanted to “strike out along a new path”, despite his encroaching deafness. The first and last pieces are full of energy and comic character, whilst No.2, nicknamed Tempest because of Beethoven’s evocation of Shakespeare’s play, is a turbulent and dramatic piece.
Les Adieux commemorates Beethoven’s friend Archduke Rudolf’s enforced departure from Vienna before the advance of Napoleon’s troops. Each movement of this, his only programmatic sonata, depicts part of the story: “farewell”, “absence” and “return”.