Two titans of the piano repertoire are performed by the formidable Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger, whose combination of luxuriant richness and steely control in his impeccable playing have earnt him worldwide acclaim.
Although his earlier works had been conceived for the wooden fortepiano, Beethoven needed the modern, metal-framed pianoforte to unleash his ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata on the world, and he pushes the instrument to its limits in the Sonata’s hugely powerful, dramatic music.
Before the interval, and in complete contrast, Schubert’s G major Sonata is a study in serenity, peace and luminosity, the ideal setting for Haefliger’s poetic insights.
‘at the peak of his powers… masterly’
The Sunday Times
'truly gripping' - 4 stars
Andreas Haefliger Piano
Piano Sonata in G D894
Piano Sonata in B flat Op106 'Hammerklavier'