CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Performance Monday, April 4, 2011 | 8 PM

Cancelled: Maurizio Pollini

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Mr. Pollini regrets that, due to illness, he must cancel his remaining US recital appearances. Murray Perahia, who was scheduled to replace Mr. Pollini, has also been forced to cancel so as not to impair his long-term recovery from an earlier injury. This concert will not be rescheduled this season.

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Performers

  • Maurizio Pollini, Piano

Audio

Beethoven Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111 (I. Maestoso - allegro con brio appassionato)
Maurizio Pollini, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

At a Glance

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  

Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
Though there was no standard form for piano sonatas during this period, Beethoven’s opp. 109, 110, and 111 sonatas are still striking in their overall design. One of the most notable features of Op. 109 may be the sequence of tempos: The Vivace is unusually fast for a first movement, and the second, Prestissimo, even faster. The sonata closes with a comparatively languorous Andante theme and variations.

Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
Beethoven’s later works are marked by an increasing interest in counterpoint; the finale of Op. 110 is an early example. The third-movement fugue, whose subject derives from the first theme of the first movement, is interrupted by a “song of lament” from the second movement recitativo.

Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
Op. 111 falls in two movements that juxtapose C minor and C major—characteristic keys of Beethoven’s oeuvre. Unlike other works of those years, however, this sonata does not so much document a triumphant struggle from darkness to light, but rather creates a contrast only to rise above it. The second-movement variations end with a series of trills that many have found altogether transcendent.

This performance is part of Keyboard Virtuosos I, and Keyboard Virtuosos I Mini.

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