The enjoyably varied ‘Petits Concerts…’ series at the 1901 Arts Club, created by pianist James Lisney, nears its conclusion on Monday 11th March with the penultimate concert featuring Schubert’s penultimate piano sonata, No. 20 in A, D 959.
Much has been written about this sonata, along with its companions, the D 958 and D 960, with many pianists, musicologists, critics and audiences trying to second-guess what was in Schubert’s mind when he wrote his final piano sonatas, in particular the meaning and intent of the extraordinary second movement of the D 959 – music of dramatic and at times savage contrasts, bookended by a simple lyrical melody of great poignancy. The rest of the sonata is warm, nostalgic and good-natured, and like its companions, it takes pianist and listener on an incredible cyclic journey, revealing Schubert’s astonishing creativity in a free-ranging flow of ideas and inventiveness.
In this concert, James Lisney pairs Schubert with Chopin, another composer of great creativity and invention, with the first half of the concert featuring shorter piano pieces entirely appropriate for the salon-style setting and intimate ambiance of the 1901 Arts Club.
Petits Concerts V – Monday 11 March, 7.30pm
1901 Arts Club, 7 Exton Street, Waterloo, London SE1 8UE. Further information & booking
In addition, James Lisney will be giving piano lessons at the 1901 Arts Club from 2pm on the afternoon of each concert. Lessons cost £100 for 90 mins with proceeds going to charity. For further information or to book a lesson contact James Lisney
Read more about Schubert’s penultimate piano sonata here