The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the pianist Hung-Kuan Chen on Wednesday, February 8. Chen, hailed as “a deeply probing, imaginative player with an enormous palette of tone colors” (Boston Globe), will perform an all-Beethoven program.
This recital will feature three of Beethoven’s sonatas: Nos. 27, 28, and 29. The Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90, was written in 1814 (toward the end of Beethoven’s middle period). Beethoven described its restless first movement as “a contest between the head and the heart.”
Beethoven had become almost completely deaf by the time he wrote the Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101, two years later. The sonata, which Beethoven described as “a series of impressions and reveries,” is considered the first of his late-period sonatas.
The concert will columinate in Beethoven’s monumental Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106. Known as the “Hammerklavier,” it is widely viewed as one of the composer’s most important works – and one of the most difficult.
This concert takes place at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College St., corner of Wall Street). The Horowitz Piano Series is directed by Boris Berman. MORE