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Tackling 10 Beethoven sonatas in a row

Tackling 10 Beethoven sonatas in a row

SINGAPORE – Violinist Tang Tee Khoon is getting bodily. This month, she will probably be performing Beethoven’s 10 full sonatas for piano and violin – a feat so strenuous that she employed a private coach to organize her.

Since August final 12 months, she has been understanding thrice per week with intensive workouts akin to climbing flights of 60-storey stairs.

The sonatas add as much as a complete of 4 hours when performed again to again. Tang, 37, will probably be performing them alongside Italian pianist Luca Buratto, 29, over the course of 4 intimate night concert events on Jan 8 and 9.

“I feel it is uncommon that you simply get to expertise stay all 10 sonatas carried out in a set chronologically over two nights, for certain. It is a bit of a bucket-list merchandise for me,” says Tang, the protege of Donald Weilerstein, founding first violinist of the Cleveland Quartet.

“I will not carry out a piece until I do know it is with the precise associate,” she provides. “Buratto is a really sturdy pianist, who’s musically mature regardless of his younger age.”

The live performance, Beethoven250 Stay @ Esplanade, is the primary stay efficiency after two years for the non-profit Chamber Music and Arts Singapore (CMAS).

Previously referred to as the Tang Tee Khoon Grand Collection, it began out as a live performance sequence that originated from a debut recital by Tang in 2009. In July 2020, it registered as a non-profit firm restricted by assure and achieved charity standing in June final 12 months.

The identify change denotes Tang’s want to contain extra Singapore musicians within the charity’s work whereas maintaining its worldwide requirements.

All through the pandemic, the charity has stayed lively. In August 2020, it launched The Glasshouse, a digital interactive chamber arts platformfor audiences of all ages.

Beethoven250 Stay @ Esplanade belatedly honours the German composer’s 250th birthday, which fell in 2020 however which CMAS couldn’t have a good time due to pandemic restrictions on stay performances.

In addition to Tang’s concert events, the charity is holding two sold-out interactive concert events for kids aged six and beneath and aged six to 12 respectively on Jan 8. It held one other three concert events on Dec 18 final 12 months on the Asian Civilisations Museum’s Shaw Lobby.

Whereas CMAS’ on-line initiatives is not going to be ceasing any time quickly, Tang is happy to be performing for a stay viewers once more.

Out of the ten sonatas, she says her present favorite is the final one, composed on the cusp of Beethoven’s late and heroic durations. “I used to be practising a few days in the past and it felt a lot like my cup of tea. You hear Beethoven coming so far the place he’s extra accepting of his present place in life.”


Ebook it

Beethoven250 Stay @Esplanade (Beethoven250 Night Live shows)

The place: Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive
When: Jan 8 and 9, 6.30 and 9pm
Admission: $32 to $82 from Sistic

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