On Thursday 14th October 2021, Virginia will perform a recital entitled ‘From Bach to Beethoven’ at the 1901 Arts Club in London.
Virginia performs an evening of contrasts, moving from the stately work of JS Bach, to the quirky inventiveness of his son CPE and finally to the passionate complexities of Beethoven’s penultimate piano sonata.
With her vast experience of performing the Baroque repertoire, Virginia has chosen works by JS and CPE Bach to illustrate a fascinating divergence of styles. Who would expect such a difference between father and son? The CPE sonata, rarely played in the modern concert hall, illustrates just how much he moved away from his father’s style and provided a bridge between the Baroque and Classical music styles.
These works are followed by Beethoven’s great Opus 110 sonata; this sonata seems to encapsulate the entire tragic story of Beethoven’s life and his ability to overcome his troubles.
J S Bach/A Vivaldi
Concerto in D major, BWV 972
Allegro; Largo-Larghetto; Allegro
J S Bach
Italian Concerto, BWV 971
Allegro; Andante; Presto
C P E Bach
Sonata in A major, W55/4
Allegro assai; Poco adagio; Allegro
– pause (5 minutes) –
L Van Beethoven
Sonata in A-flat major, Op.110
Moderato cantabile molto espresso;
Adagio ma non troppo – Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo