Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Pianist Stewart Goodyear Performs Complete Beethoven Sonatas at UC Davis, Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 10AM

Stewart Goodyear

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
UC Davis
Stewart Goodyear, piano

Complete Beethoven Sonatas
Mondavi Center Presenting Program
"He’s got blistering technique along with soulful insight and makes this music sound as though you’re hearing it for the first time. This is essential listening for anyone looking to discover Beethoven all over again."
— CBC Music on Stewart Goodyear

All-Day pass holders will enjoy in and out privileges between sonatas.
Includes admission to Programs 1–3.

Individual programs available when single tickets go on sale in August.

Program 1: 10AM–2PM

Op. 49, 1-2; Op. 2 to Op. 22 (includes “Pathetique”)
Lunch Break

Program 2: 3PM–6:30PM

Op. 26 to Op. 57 (includes “Moonlight,” “Pastoral” and “Appassionata”)
Dinner Break

Program 3: 8:30PM–11:30PM

Op. 78 to Op. 111 (includes “Hammerklavier” and the remarkable late sonatas)

Ludwig Van Beethoven wrote 32 piano sonatas between 1795– 1822—a span of more than 25 years. Acclaimed young pianist Stewart Goodyear will play the entire cycle, from memory, in less than 24 hours! Known for his imaginative playing (he is one of the rare classical musicians to always improvise his cadenzas when performing concertos from the classical period), Goodyear’s decision to tackle these masterworks in one day is an inspired choice. “The Beethoven piano sonatas are what compelled me to become a pianist, and I knew that my first solo recordings must start with all of them,” Goodyear says in the liner notes to his recording of the Beethoven cycle. “I cannot choose a group from these sonatas to record and feel whole. From the time I first heard them, I saw all the sonatas as a set, a retrospective of Beethoven’s art and his life.” 

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