Beethoven Cello Sonatas

Adrian Brendel

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With Adrian Brendel, cello and Simon Callaghan, Piano

Inspired by The British Library’s rich music collections, pianist Simon Callaghan and cellist Adrian Brendel present a programme of music for cello and piano as a part of the Library’s Beethoven exhibition season.

A concert bringing to life items on display in the Library’s current Beethoven exhibition, pianist Simon Callaghan and cellist Adrian Brendel will perform:

  • Beethoven: Sonata for piano and cello in G minor Op. 5/2 (1796) [25’]
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E flat WoO47/1 (1783?) [12’]
  • Beethoven: Sonata for piano and cello in A Op. 69 (1807) [27’]

Adrian BrendelOne of the most versatile and original cellists of his generation, Adrian Brendel has travelled the world as soloist, collaborator and teacher. His early immersion in the core classical repertoire inspired an enduring fascination that has led to encounters with many fine musicians at the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. His discovery of contemporary music through the works of Kurtag, Kagel and Ligeti in his teenage years opened a new and vital avenue that he continues to explore alongside his passion for jazz and world music. In 2014 he became a member of the Nash Ensemble of London.

Projects with contemporary composers and conductors such as Kurtag, Thomas Adès and Peter Eötvös among others inspired him to cultivate new music in his concert programmes wherever possible. A three-year project with Sir Harrison Birtwistle led to premieres of his song cycle Bogenstrich and a piano trio released on the ECM label. He also premiered York Hoeller’s cello concerto Mouvements with NDR Hamburg alongside Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Canto di Speranza.

Simon Callaghan: Praised for his ‘velvet-gloved pianism of ravishing sensitivity’ (The Strad), Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. His recent tours have taken him to Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Canada and throughout Europe, and he has performed at all of the UK’s major concert halls.

Simon’s first solo disc for Hyperion, world premiere recordings of works by Jean Louis Nicodé, was released in 2019 to critical acclaim, with Gramophone praising his 'superb artistry'. Recent additions to Simon’s catalogue of solo recordings are sets of miniatures by Schumann and Poulenc on Nimbus, the first complete survey on disc of George Dyson’s music for piano for SOMM and the first disc in his latest project – to record all of Poulenc’s piano music: Babar the Little Elephant, narrated by Miriam Margolyes. His newest recording, of Joseph Holbrooke’s late piano works, was released by Lyrita in October 2021.

Simon is Head of Piano at the Ingenium Academy (Winchester) and Director of Music at Conway Hall, where he oversees the longest-running chamber music series in Europe. In 2020 the Royal Northern College of Music awarded Simon a PhD in Performance for his work on Roger Sacheverell Coke.

This event accompanies the exhibition Beethoven: Idealist. Innovator. Icon.

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Name: Beethoven Cello Sonatas
Where: Knowledge Centre
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