A performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata is an exceptional event that should not be missed. This composition is one of the greatest achievements of the Western art music tradition, as well as a true Himalayan challenge for the pianist who chooses to perform it.
Juhani Lagerspetz started his concert pianist career as a teenager and included the “Hammerklavier” Sonata in his repertoire from a young age. Lagerspetz has since gained the reputation as a heroic interpreter of this piece, both in Finland and abroad. After Lagerspetz’s London debut at the Wigmore Hall, journalist David Murray of the Financial Times described his playing as tirelessly energetic, imaginative, and striking. Murray praised Lagerspetz for “not showing off with his exceptional talents,” as he was “too Finnish” for such a maneuver.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827):
Bagatelles Op. 126
Piano Sonata Op. 106 “Hammerklavier”
Program is subject to alteration.
Artistic Director Niklas Pokki introduces the concert in the Kivijärvi Hall at Serlachius Museum Gösta at 14:30 (in Finnish).
No intermission. The concert ends approximately at 16:15.