. Interchanging Idioms: LLŶR Williams Living Music and Breathing Beethoven

Friday, June 17, 2011

LLŶR Williams Living Music and Breathing Beethoven

“… Williams is a consummate Beethovenian…For all the verbiage about the trace elements of Mozart and Haydn, every note, every phrase, and every turn of mood are authentic Beethoven.”
The Herald/Michael Tumelty

Authenticity, acute sensitivity and intellectual rigour are qualities that Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams brings to all his work as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. Fast becoming one of the great Beethovenians of his generation, he embarks this August on an epic two-week season at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh (12-26 August) where he will play the complete cycle of
Beethoven’s piano sonatas in daily concerts, beginning with the Pathétique and ending with the Hammerklavier. This marathon follows his rather more leisurely, and highly acclaimed, performance of the same cycle during 2010 in Scottish and Welsh concert halls; after the last three Sonatas in Cardiff The Guardian wrote: ‘his commanding technique, cool grasp of the vast intellectual span of the music and sense of wisdom beyond his years make for a stunning combination’.

Recordings of the Perth Concert Hall performances in 2010 are being produced by Signum Classics as a double CD of selected Beethoven Sonatas and will be available in Edinburgh
for the concerts and released commercially in 2012.

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