by Daniel Hathaway
On Wednesday, April 7 at 7:00 pm, CIM Piano Professor Daniel Shapiro will play Beethoven’s last three sonatas in the 8th program of a complete cycle that he launched last fall to mark the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
The first program was recorded at the Steinway Piano Galleries (pictured) for broadcast on Hudson’s Music From the Western Reserve series on September 13. The final episode, to be live streamed from CIM’s Kulas Hall, includes Opus 109, 110, and 111.
This marks the third time that Shapiro has tackled all 32 of Beethoven sonatas, initially all in the course of a single month, but in the last two cycles, spread over a whole academic year.
Having previewed the series in the fall, I telephoned Daniel Shapiro to ask what he was thinking and feeling after playing seven concerts.
“This time I realized how much I’ve changed, and how much the pieces have changed — what I’ve learned and how much there still is to learn. And how damned hard they are to play!” [Read more…]