Jonathan Biss, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-flat major, Op. 22
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 “Moonlight”
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78 “À Thérèse”
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
In the second part of Meany Center’s Ludwig van Beethoven anniversary celebration with pianist Jonathan Biss, they continue their exploration of Beethoven’s piano sonatas – one of the most important collections in the history of music. This evening features music written over three decades, spanning the beloved “Moonlight” sonata to the other-worldly Op. 109.
Recognized as one of the world’s leading interpreters of Beethoven, Biss writes, “Each of these earlier sonatas reveal hidden motives — like compositional Easter eggs. But nothing quite prepares you for the impact of the later work. It suggests an entire emotional universe and, in the way only Beethoven can, conjures the infinite.”
Note: In November, due to illness, Biss was unable to perform Celebrating Beethoven, Part 1 but he has graciously agreed to perform this program in its entirety while in Seattle for Celebrating Beethoven, Part 2.