VCH Presents Series
Beethoven Heroic Years – Sharing Recital
Victoria Concert Hall
For an even more expansive journey through Beethoven Heroic Years on top of our Evening Concert, join violist Hsin-Yun Huang and pianist Luca Buratto in an afternoon Sharing Recital session, where they observe Beethoven's push on the limitations of the classical form in parallel with 20th century trailblazer Ligeti's experimentation on rhythm -- through Beethoven's iconic Apassionata Sonata (from his Heroic period); his Cello Sonata Op.102, No. 2 (marking the start of his Late Years); Ligeti's Études for Solo Piano; and his Viola Sonata.
In 1802, a 32-year-old Beethoven retreated away from Vienna to the countryside town of Heiligenstadt, in hope of recovering from a steady loss of hearing that had already begun 3 years before.
At the end of this stay, Beethoven came to face the cold hard fact that his hearing may never improve; and from this came an outpouring of his deepest struggles in one of his most carefully studied letters, the 'Heiligenstadt Testament' where he wrote of his suffering and his yearning to end it by suicide.
But, he wrote on, "Only art held me back. Ah, it seemed impossible to leave the world until I had produced all that I felt was within me; and so I spared this wretched life - ".
And from then, came a new burst of energy and a new sense of determination. He produced in the next decade, what would be a period marked by great heroism and a new expansiveness, his Third Symphony ("Eroica"), his Fifth Symphony, the Razumovsky Quartets, the Violin Concerto, his Fourth Piano Concerto, and the "Waldstein" and "Appassionata" Piano Sonatas.
Beethoven Heroic Years is held in collaboration with Tang Tee Khoon Grand Series.
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The recital is 60 minutes with no intermission.
- Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
- Luca Buratto, piano
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
Viola Sonata - select movements
Études for Solo Piano Book 3
Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102 No. 2