Andrew von Oeyen: Bach, Beethoven

June 17, 2021, 9:00 am

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Shaped by pianist Andrew von Oeyen’s experience of lockdown, this solo recital comprises Bach’s Overture in the French Style BWV 831, Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas No. 13 in E-flat major and No. 23 in F minor, Appassionata, and arrangements by Wilhelm Kempff of two movements that Bach wrote for accompanied flute. “Perhaps more than any other composer, Bach expresses the clearest sense of order in a chaotic world,” says von Oeyen. “If Bach served as my first musical mooring in confinement, I returned to Beethoven for second-wave pandemic relief … I was now ready to weigh anchor and face the storm in the company of stalwart and indestructible 19th-century sonatas. Crises, for all their destructiveness, can also lead to renewal and discovery.”