Beethoven: Six Variations for Four Hands in D major, WoO 74
Beethoven: Sonata in D major, Op. 6
Beethoven: Three Marches, Op. 45
Beethoven: Eight Variations in C major WoO 67
Performers: András Kemenes piano and János Palojtay piano
Although the programme offers only one sonata, there is still plenty to do for both musicians: the two-movement D major sonata published by Artaria & Co. in 1797 is a four-hand piece, and the beginning of the work may remind listeners of the early part of Symphony No. 5. Nevertheless, two pieces will be played of the four-hand variation series: a composition comprising six variations from 1799, which Beethoven wrote based on his own song setting a Goethe poem to music, and dedicated to the two Brunswick sisters, Josefine and Teréz, as well as the youthful series which was composed back in 1792 for a theme given by Count Waldstein. The concert includes a four-hand composition issued by the music publishers in 1804: Three Marches with pieces in C major, E-flat major and D major.