Beethoven Sonata No.31 in A♭ major Op110
Beethoven Sonata No.32 in C minor Op111
Schubert Sonata in G major D894 Op78
Exploration, insight and imagination are vital ingredients in Melvyn Tan’s blend of artistic attributes. He established his international reputation in the 1980s with pioneering performances on the fortepiano and he applies lessons learned from pianos of the past to conjure subtle new colours and details of articulation from the modern concert instrument.
Singapore-born, he marked his 60th birthday in 2016 with a UK tour with the Bruckner Orchester Linz, a Wigmore birthday broadcast on BBC Radio 3, tours to Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia and the release of a CD of Beethoven, Czerny and Liszt – Master and Pupil. This evening’s programme – comprising Beethoven’s farewell to the piano sonata – raises daunting technical and interpretive challenges that Tan is fully equipped to embrace.