A nice review of Jonathan Biss’s performance at Wigmore Hall.
The American pianist Jonathan Biss is putting his passion for Beethoven to intriguing uses: following his intellectually-provocative eBook Beethoven’s Shadow he’s launched an online course on Beethoven’s sonatas which has reached 100,000 people, and he’s commissioned concertos from five composers to act as counter-weights to Beethoven’s five.
Clarification: You can read more about Biss’s course on Beethoven here and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra performed the five Beethoven sonatas + the new works in November. New Timo Andres concerto inspired by and paired with Beethoven 2; Sally Beamish, Beethoven 1; Salvatore Sciarrino, Beethoven 4; Caroline Shaw, Beethoven 3, and Brett Dean, Beethoven 5.
But his Wigmore recital was devoted to Mozart, Schumann, and Schoenberg: not an obvious combination, but one which allowed their very different styles to set each other off brilliantly.