RVIPW Launch Concert – Wednesday 18th May 2022, 7.30pm

Martin Roscoe recorded all of Beethoven’s Sonatas to great critical acclaim between 2010 and 2018, and it seems only fitting that he revisits two of those sonatas planned for performances in 2020, the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.  The ‘Pathétique’ Sonata, was an instant success and remains a firm favourite within the repertoire today.  Sonata No. 31 was delayed due to ill health but the drama of the fugue is felt to not “simply symbolize or represent the return to life, but persuade us physically of the process”.

Brahms’ penultimate work for solo piano, Op. 118,  was dedicated to Clara Schumann who attested that they contained “a wealth of sentiment in the smallest of dimensions”.  Liszt’s Sonetto del Petrarca, ‘I find no peace’, paints the protagonist’s confused state of mind whilst Ballade No. 2 is inspired byGottfried August Bürger’s Gothic horror ballad.  The evening will draw to a close with the magnificent depiction of struggle and triumph in Liszt’s interpretation of the legend of St. Francis of Paola.

Martin will also expand on our summer concerts and events – join us and him to hear firsthand his artistic choices of performers and programmes for RVIPW 2022 – and for a relaxing and sunny spring concert.


Beethoven Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op.13 “Pathétique”

Beethoven Sonata No. 31 in A flat, Op.110

Brahms  Three Intermezzos from 6 Klavierstücke, Op. 118

Intermezzo in A minor Op.118, No. 1

Intermezzo in A major Op.118, No. 2

Intermezzo in E flat minor Op.118, No. 6

Liszt Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S.171

Liszt Petrarch Sonnet No. 123

Liszt Legend No. 2: St. Francis of Paola Walking On The Waves

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