Antonio Lysy & Tom Beghin Are Tracing Beethoven's Genius at The Broad Stage
The Broad Stage favorite Antonio Lysy (Te Amo, Argentina & Holidays with Bach) teams up with acclaimed fortepiano player Tom Beghin, performing the complete Beethoven sonata cycle for cello and piano on Sunday, December 17 at 2:00pm.
These five sonatas take the audience on a journey through Beethoven's life, covering all three of the composer's major creative periods.
For the program, Beghin will be playing two fortepianos from Beethoven's time: Philip R. Belt, 1977, after Anton Walter, c. 1780, courtesy of UCLA and John Broadwood & Sons, 1816, restored by Robert Portillo.
Antonio Lysy, an artist of international stature and dedicated pedagogue, has performed as a soloist in major concert halls worldwide. He has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Yuri Temirkanov, Charles Dutoit, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Vegh, and Kees Bakels, and continues to perform regularly both as a solo, and chamber music artist. Lysy has recorded extensively for CBC Radio, BBC Radio, Classic FM, and other radio networks. Lysy enjoys exploring the versatility of the cello's voice, from Baroque to electric, and is committed to projects which enrich his diverse interests in music. Based on his Latin Grammy award-winning CD, the touring multimedia show, Te Amo, Argentina, has met with widespread acclaim.
Antonio Lysy is currently head of strings at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and a teacher at the Heifetz International Music Institute.
Tom Beghin has been at the forefront of a new generation of interpreters of 18th- and early 19th-century music. His discography features Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Moscheles, C.P.E. Bach, Mendelssohn, Zelter, Schubert, and Clementi. With classicist Sander Goldberg he edited Haydn and the Performance of Rhetoric, winner of the 2009 Ruth Solie Award from the American Musicological Society. Forthcoming from the The University of Chicago Press is his monograph The Virtual Haydn: Paradox of a Twenty-First Century Keyboardist.
In 2013, Beghin inaugurated the first replica of Beethoven's 1817 Broadwood piano at the Concertgebouw in Bruges and the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, playing among others Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" Sonata, Opus 106. In 2004 the Haydn-Institut inducted him as a member. Released by Naxos on Blu-ray (2009) and CD/DVD (2011) is a complete recording of Haydn's solo keyboard works, performed on seven different types of instruments in nine "virtual rooms." Hailed as "one of the most audacious recording enterprises in recent memory" (blu-ray.com), The Virtual Haydn was nominated for a 2011 Juno for "Music DVD of the Year."
Beghin is presently focusing his artistic research on the piano works of Ludwig van Beethoven and the intersection of technology and rhetoric. He is currently Senior Researcher at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent (Belgium).
Tickets are on sale at www.thebroadstage.org or by calling 310-434-3200.
Beethoven Sonata in C Major, Op. 102 No. 1 (1815)
Beethoven Sonata in F Major, Op. 5 No. 1 (1796)
Beethoven Sonata in A Major, Op. 69 (1808)
Beethoven Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5 No. 2 (1796)
Beethoven Sonata in D Major, Op. 102 No. 2 (1815)
Pictured: Tom Beghin. Photo by Gilles Anquez.