Thu. 12 Aug. 2021 | 7:00 p.m. | Schleswig | Schloss Gottorf, Sommerwiese, Open Air | K 116

Schubert Completed

Schubert Completed

Alexander Lonquich, piano

Schloss Gottorf, Sommerwiese, Open Air Schloßinsel 1, Schleswig,

Franz Schubert:
Piano sonata No. 16 in A minor, D 845
Piano sonata No. 21 B flat major, D 960

Although the piano was Franz Schubert’s most important means of expression, he devoted himself to the genre of the piano sonata at a comparatively late date. One of Schubert’s most important compositions is his Sonata in B flat major, D 960. Completed shortly before his death, it is one of the most moving artistic testimonies of the early 19th century due to its epic structure, the richly colored treatment of its themes, and its unfathomable tone of mourning and longing. The German pianist Alexander Lonquich, who will make the narrative character of the sonata tangible through his reflective playing, will interpret the enormous work. In 2019, the “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik” put the pianist on the best list for his interpretation of the late Schubert sonatas with the comment: “His mesmerizing touch, perfectly flexible timing, spot-on conciseness, and dramatically sharpened narrative flow reveal the profound desolation and hopelessness of these works in unprotected candor, resolutely refusing any trace of false sentimentality. It is riveting and harrowing at the same time.” 

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