Beethoven Piano Sonatas 6: András Kemenes and Balázs Szokolay

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Beethoven: Six Variations for Four Hands in D major, WoO 74 (Ich denke dein)

Beethoven: Sonata in D major, Op. 6

Beethoven: Three Marches, Op. 45                                                            

Beethoven: Eight Variations for Two Pianos in C major, on a Theme by Count Waldstein, WoO 67

​Performers: András Kemenes piano and Balázs Szokolay piano

Pianists András Kemenes and Liszt Prize laureate Balázs Szokolay, both born in 1961, are also respected as piano teachers and have won great merit as performers of contemporary works. They play at the penultimate concert of the day. Although the programme offers only one sonata, there is still plenty to do for both musicians: the two-movement D major sonata published by Artaria & Co. in 1797 is a four-hand piece, and the beginning of the work may remind listeners of the early part of Symphony No. 5. Nevertheless, two pieces will be played of the four-hand variation series: a composition comprising six variations from 1799, which Beethoven wrote based on his own song setting a Goethe poem to music, and dedicated to the two Brunswick sisters, Josefine and Teréz, as well as the youthful series which was composed back in 1792 for a theme given by Count Waldstein. The concert includes a four-hand composition issued by the music publishers in 1804: Three Marches with pieces in C major, E-flat major and D major.