Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout has emerged as one of Early Music’s new generation of superstars, with a well-earned reputation for performances bursting with virtuosity, charm, and imagination. A particular favorite of Boston audiences for his past collaborations with the Boston Early Music Festival, the Handel and Haydn Society, and Boston Baroque, he returns to BEMF in a solo recital of music by Haydn and Beethoven. The program opens with Beethoven’s engaging and virtuosic Rondos No. 1 and No. 2, Op. 51, followed by the striking expressiveness of his Sonata in D major, Op. 10, No. 3, which moves from sparkling energy to heart-wrenching melancholy. The second half features Haydn’s Sonata in C major, Hob. 50, a masterwork of marvelous wit and grace, before concluding with Beethoven’s celebrated Sonata Pathétique.
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
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