Angela Hewitt An inspired display of hope from despair moves and exults at the Wigmore Hall

A journey of discovery with Angela Hewitt in which even the little D minor fantasy by Mozart was revealed as if for the first time.
She was living every note astonished by the audacious genius of Mozart as his improvised fantasy was played with the same invention from which it was born with its continuous outpouring of startling ideas.
A programme of four major sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven.
D major in the first half and C minor in the second.
Starting the recital after the opening improvised Fantasy with Mozart’s last Sonata played with the same sense of fantasy and discovery that she brought to everything she did .
The poignancy of the Largo and mesto of Beethoven’s D major sonata had gone someway to prepare us for the end of this enthralling journey.
Mozart’s most Beethovenian of Sonatas was our preparation for Beethoven’s own last statement at the end of his own journey as chronicled in 32 gigantic passes.
It was the end too of Angela’s journey that was so poignant,as the aching minutes of silence were witness,after Beethoven’s final visionary chord of C major was barely whispered in our ear.
It was one of those rare moments when people unknown to each other are united in a wave of unified emotion.
Gradually Angela’s hands were freed from the keys that had seemed to possess her as she appeared visibly moved before a public who could only relieve the tension with cheers and a standing ovation

Viennese classics are close to the heart of a pianist whose programme includes the final sonatas for the instrument by both Mozart and Beethoven. Her Beethoven series on disc has been widely praised: BBC Music Magazine described her CD including Op. 10 No. 3 as ‘every bit as intellectually lucid, technically secure and focussed, as her Bach.’

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Fantasia in D minor K397 (c.1782-7)
Piano Sonata in D K576 (1789)
I. Allegro • II. Adagio • III. Allegretto

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Op. 10 No. 3 (1797-8) I. Presto • II. Largo e mesto
III. Menuetto. Allegro • IV. Rondo. Allegro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata in C minor K457 (1784)
I. Molto allegro • II. Adagio • III. Allegro assai

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor Op. 111 (1821-2)
I. Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato II. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice cantabile

Angela Hewitt – The 100th Anniversary season of the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.Bach shining brightly with intelligence,ravishing beauty ……and wit.


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