Cadenza Course, Purcell School
August 1 and August 4
Beethoven – Complete works for cello and piano – with Adrian Brendel (cello).
Programme 1 (August 1)
Variations in G “See the conqu’ring hero comes” from Handel’s ‘Judas Maccabaeus’, WoO 45
Sonata no.1 in F, op 5 no.1
Variations in E flat on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, WoO 46
Sonata no.3 in A, op 69
Programme 2 (August 4)
Sonata no.4 in C, op 102 no.1
Sonata no.2 in G minor, op 5 no.2
Variations on “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, op 66
Sonata no.5 in D, op 102 no.2
7:30pm St Michael at the Northgate, Oxford
Viva Viola: Brahms and The British Miniature
Fish and Chips Concert Series 6.30pm
Guesten Hall, Leiston Abbey
Julian Jacobson performing:
Beethoven “Moonlight” Sonata (op 27 no 2)
Schubert Four Impromptus D899
Prokofiev Sonata no 6 in A, op 82
Tickets are £7.50 – booking below
17 – 29th September
P & O Ventura Cruise
Julian Jacobsonʼs 70th birthday concert series 2017/18
Four Sundays at St Johnʼs Smith Square, London, 3 pm
Masterpieces of Beethoven, Schubert and Prokofiev (the three ʻWar Trilogyʼ sonatas and Romeo and Juliet)
Dates and programmes:
1) October 22 2017
One of the great affirmations in musical history, Beethoven’s magnificent set of variations on the same theme as the finale of the later ‘Eroica’ Symphony was written within a few months of the composer’s despairing ‘Heiligenstadt’ Testament.
Proceeding via Schubert’s much more spontaneous and lyrical Impromptus, the programme culminates in Prokofiev’s savage, sardonic wartime Sonata No. 6 which, nonetheless, contains moments of repose, nostalgia and wit.
Beethoven “Eroica” Variations op 35
Schubert Four Impromptus D899
Prokofiev Sonata no. 6 in A op 82
2) November 26 2017
As one of Schubert’s most expansive and lyrical sonatas, and a work of unbounded joy, the Sonata in D surely deserves to be as well-known as the famous ‘Moonlight’ Sonata.
In later years Beethoven affected to dislike his sonata, yet he must have realised that its opening movement had touched new ground in musical expression. The second of Prokofiev’s ‘War’ Sonatas is the most celebrated and concise, ending with a 7/8 perpetual motion movement that sweeps all before it.
Beethoven “Moonlight” Sonata
Schubert Sonata in D D850
Prokofiev Sonata no. 7 in B flat op 83
3) February 11 2018
Written on the cusp of the 19th century, Beethoven’s “Pathétique” proves him to be the man for the new age, with its urgently dramatic opening and glorious, already “Romantic” slow movement.
Schubert’s great A major Sonata, “heavenly long” (Schumann), is perhaps his most accomplished. Prokofiev’s 8th Sonata counters the violence of the 6th and 7th with something much more Olympian, almost Shakespearian in its depth and humanity.
Beethoven “Pathétique” Sonata
Schubert Sonata in A D959
Prokofiev Sonata no. 8 in B flat op 84
4) March 11 2018
Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy, based on a song of that name, is an uncharacteristically virtuoso work and also, in its combining of four movements into a single span of music, an extremely influential one. The torrential passions of Beethoven’s “Appassionata” have hardly been superseded to this day. And to finish in a lighter vein, four numbers from Prokofiev’s ever-popular “Romeo and Juliet” and my own transcription of Gershwin’s colourful “An American in Paris”.
Beethoven “Appassionata” Sonata
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet: Ten Pieces op 75
Gershwin “An American in Paris” transcribed for piano with four hands by Julian Jacobson.
Performed by Julian Jacobson and Mariko Brown. More information on this piano duo here: www.marikojulianpianoduo.com
April 28th 2018
Beethoven Emperor Concerto