Masterworks Concert 68
Josef Haydn – Sonata in C, Hoboken XVI 50
Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in E, opus 109
Fryderyk Chopin – Nocturnes, opus 62
Franz Schubert – Sonata in c, D 958
James Lisney piano
To launch the 2019/2020 Masterworks season, James Lisney explores the notion of Late Style through the lens of four composers particularly close to his heart; a series of works that display vitality, authority and fascination for performers, commentators and audiences alike.
Famously, Schnabel – a deservedly respected interpreter of Beethoven – distinguished between playing the notes and playing the music. The same may be said for Lisney. Countless performers pay scrupulous attention to bar-lines, indicated speeds, abrupt volume changes and unpredictable variations in style.
Lisney goes further. He has the sensibility and intellect to make sense of what he is playing. He brings the content of the music to life. Elements can seem awkward, abrupt and arbitrary – implying the Beethoven whom his contemporaries found too wayward to understand. Lisney, however, incorporated such disruptions deftly and smoothly into the stream of the music – a momentary relaxation while taking a breath prior to the next surge of energy. It sounded altogether natural. From Lisney, the power of this music was sensed, and also its towering greatness and the astonishing range of its sensibilities.
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