Fr. 02. October '20

20:00 Uhr


Kulturzentrum August Everding


Kristian Bezuidenhout | Replacement date


€ 45 | 35 | 25
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Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No. 7 in D Major op. 10/3
Sonata No. 8 in C Minor op. 13 “Pathétique”
Sonata No. 10 in G Major op. 14/2
Sonata No. 11 in B Flat Major op. 22

“Play the instrument so that you are able to express all the colors, all the drama and the passion”: that is Kristian Bezuidenhout’s artistic credo. Born in South Africa, he spent his childhood in Australia. Bezuidenhout’s enthusiasm for classical music first became evident in his hobby as an album collector. Soon after he started studying piano, it became clear to him that he would be less interested in Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, and more in Haydn and Mozart. This was associated with his concern regarding how to make music sound adequately. On modern concert grands, Bezuidenhout felt “pressed into a straitjacket”, as he said himself. “On the fortepiano, however, I can achieve exactly what I had always searched for”, he once said in an interview. “You can put passion and emotions into the music, but it never sounds exaggerated or crude.” Many might view the fortepiano as a limitation in terms of sonority compared to concert grands, but that is exactly what Bezuidenhout experienced as a liberation: “When you open the floodgates of the fortepiano, you cast off all limitations.” Bezuidenhout attracted international attention when he won the renowned Musica Antiqua fortepiano contest in Bruges when he was only 21 years old. Ever since then he has been admired as one of the instrument’s most well-versed connoisseurs; with his lively playing and intense performances of classical works, Bezuidenhout has breathed new life into the music of the 1700s and 1800s. “Beethoven changed the world forever”, he states – particularly in terms of technique and virtuosity. He thus finds it evident that Beethoven’s sonatas need to be played by making use of the full body: his music is “physical, full of glowing embers and boiling passion”, as Bezuidenhout will demonstrate when he performs sonatas from Beethoven’s youthful Sturm und Drang period in Bottrop!
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