Going out | Pianist James Lisney: Endgame II

Haydn, Chopin, Beethoven and Schubert at St George's

Josef Haydn Sonata in D, Hoboken XVI:51

Frederyk Chopin Barcarolle, opus 60

Frederyk Chopin Polonaise-fantaisie,
opus 61

Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in A flat, opus 110

Franz Schubert Sonata in A, Deutsch 959

International concert pianist James Lisney comes to St George’s Bristol this February 5 to continue Endgame, a series of recitals that focus upon the late works of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin that is also part of St George’s Beethoven 250 Celebration series.

Lisney will play Schubert’s penultimate Sonata, D. 959, which was completed in September 1828 – its melancholic andantino has an striking upheaval, a storm, at its centre, both of nature and temperament. 

Chopin’s rich Barcarolle, opus 60 has been called “the apotheosis of the nocturne”, a passionate Venetian love poem of the night. The subsequent Polonaise-fantaisie, opus 61 is a remarkable emanation of Chopin’s late style, a nationalistic meditation that is majestic and melancholic.

Beethoven’s Sonata in A flat, opus 110 is one of the most tightly integrated and celebrated works in the keyboard repertoire, displaying extraordinary tenderness and humanity. A sudden tragedy imposes upon the opening idyll; the conclusion represents a hard-fought triumph over this existential threat. An overwhelming experience.

Lisney has gained particular distinction for his collaborative work with Emma Kirkby, Alexander Baillie and Paul Barritt, and has appeared as soloist with many
major orchestras.

“I have nothing but praise for James Lisney’s piano playing; he combines velvet touch and wide range of colour with complete understanding of phrasing and dynamic shading. This is someone who can really give the mechanical box of wires and wood a singing soul,” the Telegraph

St George’s serves a selection of food and drink and you can pre-order your own sharing platter or soup to enjoy before your concert. Book online up to 48 hours before the concert.

Soup, bar snacks and ice cream are also available to order on the night.

Wednesday February 5 | 7.30pm–9.30pm

Tickets: £20, £17.50, £15, £12

Image: St George’s Bristol Facebook page


Caitlin Bowring

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