IMF Kutná Hora 2017

Monday, August 23 / 5:00 p.m. / Church of St. John Nepomucene


The Birth of a Genius


The complete 32 Piano Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) – Programme II

Sonata for Piano No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1

I. Allegro molto e con brio
II. Adagio molto
III. Allegretto
IV. Finale. Prestissimo

Sonata for Piano No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2

I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Presto


Sonata for Piano No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3

I. Presto
II. Largo e mesto
III.  Menuetto. Allegro
IV. Rondo. Allegro

Sonata for Piano No. 11 in B flat major, Op. 22

I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio con molta espressione
III. Minuetto
IV. Rondo. Allegretto    

Konstantin Lifschitz – piano

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Like the early Opus 2, so the trio of sonatas making up Opus 10 contains pieces that are mutually thoroughly disparate, setting in stark contrast moods of fiery passion, plain good cheer, and sheer musical brilliance. Here Beethoven reaches up to a new milestone, for the first time signalling to his contemporaries his standing as an innovator. In the Sonata in C minor, prefiguring the “Pathétique” in the same key, one will detect in its seminal shape the motif of “Fate” from Symphony No. 5. The following Sonata in F major is its exact opposite, ushering in a spirit of genial, insouciant music. The third number of the series, Sonata in D major, poses the greatest demands on the pianist, its first subject soaring up over two octaves. In its turn, Sonata in B flat major, Op. 22 will carry us further in time, beyond the year 1800, letting us into the world of a composer who had just introduced to the public his first symphony. Hence also the presence here of echoes of orchestral sound.

sleeve-note: Dita Hradecká / translation: Ivan Vomáčka

Complete 32 Piano Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

BEETHOVEN I / In Haydn´s Footsteps / Sunday, June 6
Sonatas Opp. 2 & 7

BEETHOVEN II / The Birth of a Genius / Monday, June 7
Sonatas Opp. 10 & 22

BEETHOVEN III / Pathétique / Tuesday, June 8
Sonatas Opp. 13, 14 & 49

BEETHOVEN IV  / Moonlight / Wednesday, June 9
Sonatas Opp. 26, 27 & 28

BEETHOVEN V / Tempest / Thursday, June 10
Sonatas Opp. 53 & 31

BEETHOVEN VI / Appassionata / Friday, June 11
Sonatas Opp. 54, 57, 78, 79 & 81a

BEETHOVEN VII / Monument / Saturday, June 12
Sonatas Opp. 90, 101 & 106

BEETHOVEN VIII / Towards New Shores / Sunday, June 13
Sonatas Opp. 109, 110 & 111