Stewart Goodyear

 

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall

 

Beethoven “Sonatathon”
32 Sonatas for Solo Piano (1795–1822) . . . . Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

Chamber Music Cincinnati begins its 90th Anniversary Season with a once in a lifetime chance to hear one of the world’s great pianists perform all 32 of Beethoven’s extraordinary piano sonatas in one remarkable day.

Stewart Goodyear has performed this “Sonatathon” previously to exceptional acclaim at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, California’s Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, and the Dallas AT&T Performing Arts Center.

Part 1: 10:00 a.m.–1:40 p.m.
No. 1–11, plus 19 and 20
Op. 49, No. 1 and 2
Op. 2, No. 1, 2, and 3
Op. 7, “Grand”

INTERMISSION

Op. 10, No. 1, 2, and 3
Op. 13, “Pathetique”
Op. 14, No. 1 and 2
Op. 22

1:40–3:00 p.m. LUNCH BREAK

Part 2: 3:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sonatas No. 12–23 (except 19 & 20)
Op. 26
Op. 27, No. 1 and 2 “Moonlight”
Op. 28, “Pastoral”

INTERMISSION

Op. 31, No. 1, 2 “The Tempest,” and 3
Op. 53, “Waldstein”
Op. 54
Op. 57, “Appassionata”

6:30–8:00 p.m. DINNER BREAK

Part 3: 8:00 p.m.–10:50 p.m.
Sonatas No. 24–32 including “Les Adieux”
Op. 78
Op. 81a, “Les Adieux”
Op. 90
Op. 101
Op. 106, “Hammerklavier”

INTERMISSION

Op. 109
Op. 110
Op. 111

Program Notes

Of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, John Suchet extols:

There are 32 in all; there isn’t a weak one among them, and some are among the most important pieces he ever wrote. They contain every emotion Beethoven was capable of expressing.

The Pathetique, Moonlight, Waldstein, Appasionata, and Hammerklavier sonatas are five of the best known and most memorable works anyone ever wrote for the piano or any other instrument. Whether you have only heard one of these or all five, the remaining 27 — and the opportunity to hear them all side by side — present an unparalled opportunity for to experience Beethoven musical evolution through the only genre for which he wrote throughout his life.