Bach’s Influence: Beethoven and Beyond

Venue Great Hall

Running time 90

Artists: Joanna MacGregor piano


Central Rake (Downstairs) £20 | Students and U16 £10

Bench Seat (Balcony or Downstairs) £15 | Students and U16 £7.50

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Next date 7th August 7:45 pm

About this event

Joanna MacGregor’s recital explores the influence of Bach on Beethoven – opening with the fireworks of his C minor Variations, and closing with the heroic Appassionata Sonata.

In between come Mazurkas by Chopin, who Liszt described as an ‘enthusiastic pupil of Bach’, and Gubaidulina’s sensational Chaconne, a homage to Baroque style and her own highly dramatic temperament.

Folk music threads through this programme too: Chopin’s Mazurkas were a Romantic development of the Polish folk dance of the same name, and Ginastera’s wonderful dances evoke the world of Argentine gauchos.

Beethoven 32 Variations in C minor WoO 80
Chopin Mazurkas
Ginastera Danzas Argentinas
Sofia Gubaidulina Chaconne
Beethoven Sonata in F minor Op.57 Appassionata

Don’t miss:
Alfred Brendel on Mozart, 14 August
Florian Mitrea playing Mozart, 14 August
Imogen Cooper playing Ravel, de Falla and Albeniz, 15 August

Joanna MacGregor is one of the world’s most innovative musicians, appearing as a concert pianist, curator, and collaborator. Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Professor of the University of London, Joanna MacGregor is also the Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School & Festival.

“Then came one of the day’s highlights: pianist Joanna MacGregor’s exceptional interpretation of the Goldberg Variations. With her tone as poised as it was subtly refined, she explored the many planes on which Bach’s structure operates, highlighting its protean variety of texture in a performance that touched the sublime.” – The Guardian
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