András Schiff concludes his series of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas at Disney Hall with two recitals on Wed., March 25, and Wed., April 1.
Still left in Schiff’s chronological journey are Nos. 27-32. The “Hammerklavier” (No. 29), on this week’s program, is considered one of the greatest piano sonatas ever written. The final recital includes the technically demanding No. 32.
Schiff, quoted in publicity materials from the LA Phil, said of the last concerts: “In all six sonatas of the last period there are moments, and sometimes even whole movements, that subvert the music’s seriousness, and show us what you could call the composer’s humorously angry or playfully improvisatory side.”
Wed., March 25, 8 pm: Beethoven Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90; No.28 in A, Op. 101; and No. 29 in B-flat, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier.” (no intermission)
Wed., April 1, 8 pm: Beethoven Sonata No. 30 in E, Op. 109; No. 31 in A-flat, Op. 110; and No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111. (no intermission)
Tickets are $17-$92. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full-time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification required, one ticket per person, cash only.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000, www.laphil.com