Friday, March 10, 2023 | 8:00 pm
In 2020, pianist Boris Giltburg, whose “originality stems from a convergence of heart and mind…” (Gramophone), launched a project to record and film all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas with a fresh eye, yielding new connections and nuances to each of the works. At Duke, he’ll perform two of the late sonatas, the No. 30 in E Major, known for its intimacy and daring departures from traditional musical forms (the first two movements are played without pause, for example) and the No. 32 in C minor, Beethoven’s final and perhaps finest sonata. At only two movements, the works stands as a testament to the romantic era, with passionate free passages giving way to more structured melodies and themes. The concert and indeed the series closes as Giltburg performs Rachmaninoff’s Preludes, Op. 32, in their majestic entirety.
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Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Op. 32
Boris Giltburg presents Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas (9-disc boxed set)
Études d'exécution transcendante, S. 139: No. 3 in F Major "Paysage"
“The deft finger work and attention to detail was astonishing…the entire audience and orchestra were transfixed as Giltburg played.”