As far as we know, no pianist in Norway has played all of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas consecutively. Tor Espen Aspaas is then included in an exclusive circle of pianists – also internationally – when he realizes his dream and aim of performing the sonata cycle chronological in 8 concerts from July 16 till 19. So here is the possibility of celebrating Beethoven’s anniversary in a way that’s seldom done. Aspaas is one of our prime piano soloists and Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music. He is currently doing a research project looking into the role of improvisation in the creative process and works of Beethoven.
The 32 piano sonatas were composed in the period 1795 – 1822. The first sonata in f-minor, opus 2 no. 1, can easily be traced to Mozart and Haydn, but also shows an up-and-coming young genius finding his own, unique music. The range from the first till the last, transboundary and timeless sonata in c-minor, opus 111, shows the development of his art of composition – and also of western music.
The 32 sonatas will be performed chronological in 8 concerts:
Friday July 16 14.00: Sonatas opus 2 and 49 – 19.00: opus 7 and 10
Saturday July 17 13.00: Sonatas opus 13, 14 and 22 – 19.00: opus 26, 27 and 28
Sunday July 18 13.00: Sonatas opus 31 and 53 – 19.00: opus 54,57, 78, 79, 81a
Monday July 19 14.00: Sonatas opus 90, 101, 106 – 18.00: opus 109, 110 and 111
The concerts take place in Hjertnes Culture House – in a hall praised for its acoustic and great Steinway piano. To follow the Corona restrictions, seats are sold with two free seats in between each person/group and on every second row.
Single concerts: kr. 350,-/kr. 100,- for persons under the age of 18
The complete cycle of 8 concerts kr. 1.900,- (full price kr. 2.800,-) kr. 600,- for children
4-concerts subscription kr. 1.100,- (full price kr. 1.400,-) kr. 3.00,- for children
Subscriptions may only be ordered from Kulturelt Initiativ via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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