They invited ten composers to write a five-minute companion piece for each sonata, giving their Beethoven cycle an extra dimension. These new pieces create a dialogue between past and present, and audiences are able to witness how living composers respond to their favourite Beethoven sonatas.
Played together with their new companions, Beethoven’s sonatas can be heard afresh, as radical and provocative as they were 200 years ago.
This year Krysia and Daniel have been recording the entire ‘Beethoven Plus’ cycle is a series of live recorded recitals at Cedars Hall in Wells. The first of these CDs will be released by SOMM Records in early 2018.
Krysia and Daniel were excellent. They were model professionals who performed all of the challenging works to an extremely high standard. The coupling of Beethoven sonatas with newly commissioned works was a triumph and one which tied in nicely with our commitment to championing new music. Both Krysia and Dan and the programme were received enthusiastically by the sizeable audience.
Teesside Music Society, March 2016