Joanna MacGregor piano
Beethoven 32 Variations in C minor WoO 80
Chopin Four Mazurkas Op.30
Chopin Three Mazurkas Op.59
Beethoven Sonata in F minor Op.57 ‘Appassionata’
The programme will also include works by Ginastera, Gubaidulina and Say.
One of the world’s leading pianists and recording artists, Joanna MacGregor makes a welcome return to the Festival with this colourful programme of Beethoven and Chopin interspersed with music from South America.
Beethoven’s 32 Variations were an immediate hit and remain so to this day. As well as the passion we expect from Beethoven, they deal with the basic stuff of piano playing: repeated notes, arpeggios, thirds, octaves, and fast scales.
Soulful, witty and often dramatic, Chopin’s mazurkas can be enjoyed as a reflection on his life and Polish culture, and a testimony to his elegant improvisation. Sealed into each are childhood memories and bittersweet love, conflict and resignation.
Joanna Macgregor’s love of world music has been nurtured by her concert tours, particularly to Latin America. Tonight we hear folk-inspired dances of Alberto Ginastera (Argentina); a dramatic Chaconne by the Tatar-Russian Sofia Gubaidulina; and the short but powerful Black Earth by Turkish composer Fazil Say.
Joanna completes her programme with Beethoven’s monumental Appassionata sonata. Woven into an orchestral-sized canvas, it features ferocious climaxes and often shocking dynamics, suggesting an epic, romantic journey with a constantly fretful undercurrent.
“MacGregor’s verve, energy and astounding technique are always at the service of the music and never vice versa. Her ability to inhabit so many sound worlds with the same intensity and commitment is profoundly impressive… “ BBC Classical Review
19:30 - 21:45
Running times are approximate and subject to change.