Diary



Julian Jacobsonʼs 70th birthday concert series 2017/18




Four Sundays at St Johnʼs Smith Square, London, 3 pm
www.sjss.org.uk/events/julian-jacobson-2

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 The torrential passions of Beethoven’s “Appassionata” have hardly been superseded to this day.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”.

Schubert “Wanderer”-Fantasy
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


November 8th
7.30pm
The Chapel of the Ascension
Bishop Otter Campus
University of Chichester
Sponsered by the Funtingdon Music Group

Julian will perform Prokofiev’s 7th Piano Sonata op 83 and the programme also includes

Beethoven: Sonata in C minor op 30 no 2 for violin and piano
Julian Jacobson: Orang-u-Tango, for violin and piano

By popular demand this concert is a return visit by virtuoso Romanian violinist Bogdan Vacarescu who presents a wide ranging programme of works by Paul Ratz, Sarasate, Wieniawski, Schubert, Godowsky and Kreisler.
Tickets £15 at the door, or pre-book on 01243 378900
No charge for University of Chichester music students or staff.


Sat November 11th
Langenfeld Germany, 7.30 pm
Beethoven “Moonlight” Sonata
Schubert Sonata in D D850
Prokofiev Sonata no. 7 in B flat op 83


Saturday November 18th 7.30 pm
70th birthday concert, Paris, Sots Kirk, Rue Bayard, Paris 75008.
www.scotskirkparis.com
Beethoven “Moonlight” Sonata
Schubert Sonata in D D850
Prokofiev Sonata no. 7 in B flat op 83


March 25th 2018
Cambridge (Trinity College Chapel) with Bogdan Vacaresu


April 28th 2018
Beethoven Emperor Concerto
St James Piccadilly
7.30pm
https://www.amatiorchestra.com/
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Sat May 26th 2018
Brahms 2nd Concerto, Brandenburg Sinfonia, conductor Peter Robinson
St James Sussex Gardens
London W2 3UD


August 3rd and 5th 2018
Altaussee Chamber Music Festival
with Priya Mitchell (violin)
http://www.ausseekammermusik.at/

3rd August 2018
Bach French Suite no.5 in G, BWV 816 (solo piano)
Brahms Sonata no 1 in G for Violin and Piano, op 78
Beethoven “Kreutzer” Sonata

5th August 2018
Brahms Violin Sonata no. 2 in A op 100
Beethoven Sonata no 10 in G for Violin and Piano, op 96
Brahms Sonata no 3 for Violin and Piano in D minor, op 108