On preparing for a Beethoven marathon Part 6: Julian Jacobson

Concert pianist and piano professor Julian Jacobson continues his series here on my blog. With his Beethoven marathon edging ever nearer, this week Julian lifts the lid on Beethoven’s Fantasy-sonatas Op. 27. Beethoven’s Fantasy-sonatas op 27, including ‘that one’….. Let’s start off by remembering that Beethoven was a phenomenal improviser at the keyboard, perhaps the…

On preparing for a Beethoven marathon Part 5: Julian Jacobson

Concert pianist and piano professor Julian Jacobson continues his series focusing on Beethoven sonatas. On Saturday November 12th 2022 Julian will perform all 32 sonatas in one day at St John’s Church Waterloo in London, and in this post he assesses Beethoven’s Opus 31 sonatas. You can read all Julian’s posts in this series by…

32 Pianists perform 32 Beethoven Sonatas

Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas represent the composer’s life journey, both as a composer and human being. From the early sonatas, which are stylistically akin to those of Mozart or Haydn, through to the final six, which are amongst the most sublime works ever written for the instrument. They are often performed as a complete cycle but rarely…