ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The “Appassionata” offers glimpse into the very heart of Beethoven.
Composed from 1804-1805, the work reflects his coming to acceptance of his progressively deteriorating hearing. Named the “Appassionata” by a publisher 30 years after its genesis, Piano Sonata No. 23 is a work of tremendous contrasts, packed with crashing chords, unexpected pauses and shockingly violent outbursts.
Romanian-born pianist Matei Varga will helm the piece in honor of the composer’s 250th anniversary at Chatter Sunday on Feb. 16 at the Las Puertas Event Center. Pieces by Bedrich Smetana and Leos Janacek also fill the program