Late Beethoven: Close-up on a Masterwork
Pianist Sarah Rothenberg, artistic director of Da Camera, will lead a close-up exploration of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109. She will aurally dissect at the piano the work’s startlingly original structure: the extreme contrast in the musical ideas of the work’s first movement, its immediate connection to the frenzied “Prestissimo” that follows, and the sublime theme and variations that form the work’s dramatic culmination. We will focus on hearing the connections from one musical idea to the next and on appreciating Beethoven’s remarkable genius for the development of musical ideas. Ms. Rothenberg will demonstrate the specific musical qualities, which give this sonata its spiritual power.
A frequent performer at New York’s Lincoln Center as well as in leading European cities, Ms. Rothenberg made her solo debuts in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Brussels’ Palais des Beaux-Arts last year. She will perform the piano sonata this spring at the Menil Collection as part of her collaborative program with poet Adam Zagajewski.