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…

On preparing for a Beethoven marathon Part 4: Julian Jacobson

Pianist and piano professor Julian Jacobson continues his Beethoven marathon series. Beethoven’s monumental Sonata in B flat major Op. 106, known as the ‘Hammerklavier’, is today’s chosen topic. You can read other posts in this series, here. Ah, the redoubtable Hammerklavier. Beethoven’s “ne plus ultra” piano work, unless it be the Diabelli Variations. The piece…

On preparing for a Beethoven Marathon Part 3: Julian Jacobson

Today’s blog is a continuation of concert pianist and teacher Julian Jacobson’s series highlighting the preparations for his forthcoming Beethoven marathon, where he will perform all 32 sonatas in one day.  Here, Julian discusses why he will be performing them all from memory. Why from memory? Why oh why, as I sometimes ask myself when…