classical music

Imogen Cooper: Vienna Old and New

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Imogen Cooper invites you to enter the Vienna of Schubert, Beethoven and Schoenberg on her return to Queen Elizabeth Hall.

One of Britain’s most cherished pianists, she has dedicated her life to the Viennese piano music that forms the instrument’s spiritual heartland.

She anchors her recital on the mysterious, soft-spoken Piano Sonata D.894, one of Schubert’s profound last utterances. The composer is Cooper’s first love.

‘His melodies are so glorious that you almost feel obliged to put words to them,’ the pianist told Gramophone magazine, which wrote of her Schubert playing that it ‘holds one spellbound’.

The Sonata in G oscillates between floating dreams and stark realities – an intimate yet dramatic work that grows from simple ingredients into something majestic.

In May 1911, Arnold Schoenberg accompanied Gustav Mahler’s coffin to its grave in Vienna and wrote a tiny 9-bar musical memorial, coloured by the tolling of bell-like chords.

It would form the last of Schoenberg’s 6 Little Pieces, which crystallise the composer’s aim ‘to cut a long story short.’

To end, Cooper tackles the greatest set of keyboard variations since Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Beethoven was supposed to contribute a single musical paragraph on a theme by a shop assistant acquaintance, but couldn’t resist the urge to write more.

He delivered 33 variations that took the name Diabelli. They are an exploration of mood, movement and mindset – a journey from the simple to the celestial taking in every imaginable emotion in between.

Performers

Imogen Cooper piano

Repertoire

Schoenberg: 6 Little pieces, Op.19
Schubert: Sonata in G, D.894
Interval
Beethoven: 33 Variations on a waltz by Diabelli, Op.120

Dates & times

11 Nov 2020
Approximate run time: 125 mins
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where

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pricing

£10 - £45
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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Multi-buy discount
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Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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Ticketing
Book 3 to 4 events in the International Piano Series and save 10% on tickets, or book 5 or more events and save 20%. This discount is not available on Premium seats and only applies to multiple concerts bought in the same series, not across two or more series.

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