"Biss has established himself as a Beethoven specialist and foremost authority on the sonatas."


Jonathan Biss, piano
The Complete Piano Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven

Jonathan Biss does not do things halfway. Nearing the end of an ambitious nine-year, nine-disc project to record all 32 of Beethoven's piano sonatas, he brings the fruits of his labor to Hertz Hall for a once-in-a-lifetime listening experience. In the season that marks Beethoven's 250th birthday, Biss visits with this full cycle of towering works, performed over seven concerts. An artist of probing intellect and vast emotional range, Biss last visited Cal Performances with stirring performances of three Beethoven piano concertos, with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra during the 2017–18 season. As one critic marveled of his recording of the Appassionata Sonata: "Biss's performance is blazing, nimble, fleet of finger and dangerous" (The Guardian, London).

Sat, Sep 21, 8pm
Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1
Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14, No. 1
Sonata No. 13 in E-flat major, Op. 27, No. 1, Quasi una fantasia
Sonata No. 12 in A-flat major, Op. 26, Funeral March
Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, Waldstein
Sun, Sep 22, 3pm
Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major, Op. 7, Grand Sonata
Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, Tempest
Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1
Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, Appassionata
Sat, Oct 12, 8pm
Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28, Pastoral
Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49, No. 2
Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3
Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90
Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101
Sun, Oct 13, 3pm
Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2
Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2
Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, Op. 31, No. 3, The Hunt
Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106, Hammerklavier
Sun, Dec 15, 3pm
Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79, Cuckoo
Sonata No. 11 in B-flat major, Op. 22
Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, Moonlight
Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78, À Thérèse
Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
Sat, Mar 7, 8pm
Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49, No. 1
Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31, No. 1
Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3
Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2, No. 2
Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
Sun, Mar 8, 3pm
Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, Pathétique
Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54
Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a, Les adieux
Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111


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