Music Alive for Tuesday 25 June 2019
Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon plays Beethoven and Bartók.
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No 29 in Bb Op 106, Hammerklavier;
BARTÓK: Suite Sz62;
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No 32 in C minor Op 111
Dénes Várjon (piano)
Recorded in Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, Nelson by RNZ
"Dénes Várjon gave a staggering performance of Beethoven’s difficult Hammerklavier Sonata to open his solo recital; he met not only the virtuosic demands but the emotional, intellectual and musical ones, making total sense of the complexities and maintaining marvelous momentum. He also played Suite Opus 14 by Bartók, a composer he reveres as a Hungarian, and Beethoven’s last piano sonata Opus 111, again making total sense of a magical work. The audience was ecstatic." ~ Reviewer Elizabeth Kerr on Upbeat