Beethoven and Beyond
Cédric Tiberghien performs works by Beethoven, as well as music by two composers who are often seen as continuing Beethoven's musical legacy, Brahms and Schoenberg.
Cédric Tiberghien presents a programme of solo piano works by two of Beethoven’s musical descendants - Brahms and Schoenberg - framed by two sets of variations by Beethoven himself. Brahms's four Ballades were composed at the start of his lifelong affection for Clara Schumann, who helped establish his career. By contrast, Schoenberg's 3 Piano Pieces, Op 11 came at a time of turbulence: his wife Mathilde had recently eloped with a painter. Beethoven had his own problems - among them his increasing deafness - when he wrote his two sets of variations in 1802, yet despite this affliction, he was inspired to write music of extraordinary innovation that he described as quite unlike any he had ever composed before.
Recorded at Wigmore Hall last Saturday and presented by Martin Handley
Beethoven: 6 Variations on an Original Theme in F Op 34
Brahms: 4 Ballades, Op 10
Schoenberg: 3 Piano Pieces, Op 11
Beethoven: 15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat 'Eroica Variations' Op 35
Cédric Tiberghien (piano)