Date: Saturday, 8 February 2020, 6:30pm (Doors open 6:30pm)
Venue: Razumovsky Academy Recital Hall, 56 College Road, Kensal Green, London (NW10 5ET)

Op.5 No.1 Selma Gokcen*
Op.5 No.2 Tamaki Sugimoto**

INTERVAL with champagne and finger buffet

Op.69 Raphael Wallfisch*
Op.102 No.1 Oleg Kogan**
Op.102 No.2 Raphael Wallfisch**

*Gwendolyn Mok, piano
** Julian Jacobson, piano

Beethoven wrote ten violin sonatas but only half that number of cello sonatas (augmented by three substantial sets of variations on themes of Mozart and Handel). Yet the five cello sonatas form a weighty cornerstone of the chamber repertoire: the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th are all masterpieces, and no.1 is an important and vital early statement; no.2 is perhaps Beethoven’s first fully realised sonata, nos.4 and 5, slightly enigmatic as they can appear, are richly expressive, sometimes explosive doorways into his late style, while no.3, the A major, is in many ways THE cello sonata, a major and much loved work from the height of Beethoven’s middle period maturity. We are delighted to present this magnificent body of work in this concert as a part of our celebrations for Beethoven’s 250th and as a fundraiser for the Society’s 35 Pianists for 35 Sonatas project and Beethoven Intercollegiate Piano Competitions this year. Hearing the five sonatas in a single evening, played by five wonderful cellists, will give the listener a renewed sense of Beethoven’s development from a forceful, brilliant and original young inheritor of the tradition of Haydn and Mozart to the prophetic visionary of the last two sonatas.

Cellists Selma Gokcen, Tamaki Sugimoto, Raphael Wallfisch and Oleg Kogan are partnered by Gwendolyn Mok and Julian Jacobson in this fundraising event for the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s 250th anniversary season.

Please note: Cellists Alexander Baillie and Adrian Brendel has regretfully had to withdraw from the concert. We are extremely grateful that Raphael Wallfisch has stepped in for the 3rd and 5th Sonatas.

£50 (20% Discount for BPSE Members/Friends and members of the London Cello Society), £15 (full time students at school, college or university and/or under 16s (born in or after 2004). Free seating

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