Date: Friday, 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 Alexander Baillie*
Op.102 No.1 Oleg Kogan**
Op.102 No.2 Adrian Brendel**

*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 as part of our 250th birthday Beethoven celebrations. 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, Alexander Baillie, Oleg Kogan and Adrian Brendel are partnered by Gwendolyn Mok and Julian Jacobson in this fundraising event for the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s 250th anniversary season.

Tickets £50 (20% Discount for BPSE Members/Friends and members of the London Cello Society), free seating

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