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Transcending emotion with Lill and Ludwig

Recital with John Lill, Warwick Arts Centre, Wed March 14.

One of the major pianists of our time, John Lill, returns to the Warwick Arts Centre’s Butterworth Hall for a recital of Beethoven sonatas.

In a concert career spanning 60 years, Lill has been recitalist and soloist with the world’s greatest orchestras, and winner of many international music prizes and awards, including the prestigious Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition.

But at the centre of his career has been a lifelong engagement with the music of Ludwig van Beethoven.

“Beethoven is my leading light” says Lill. “His music transcends emotion. It becomes a pure spiritual experience which awaits us all”.

His recital programme consists of four of the most well-known of the 32 piano sonatas that Beethoven composed between 1795 and 1822: Sonata in C minor Op. 13 (Pathétique), Sonata in C Op. 53 (Waldstein), Sonata in C sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 (Moonlight); and Sonata in F minor Op. 57 (Appassionata).

The Pathétique, composed when Beethoven was 27, and the Moonlight, dedicated to his beloved pupil Countess Giulietta Guicciardi, met with success in his day and helped to create Beethoven’s reputation as an extraordinary pianist and gifted composer.

The Waldstein, dedicated to Beethoven’s close friend and patron, Count Waldstein, and the Appassionata are two of the most technically-challenging sonatas of Beethoven’s middle ‘heroic’ period.

The Appassionata was composed a year or so after Beethoven came to terms with the irreversible nature of his hearing loss.

This is a Beethoven recital not to be missed.

John Lill is a supreme exponent of the music of this classical master -- a fiercely-intelligent, spiritual being, a master-musician whose electrifying performances raise us out of the here and now and take us into another dimension.

Performance Extras: Pre-Concert Talk Helen Martin Studio 6.15pm, £2.50 Subscribers £1.50, In conversation with John Lill.

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