Jeremy Thurlow

Jeremy Thurlow


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“Jeremy Thurlow immediately recalled a favourite passage from sonata no.8, known as the “Champagne” sonata, which would form a starting-point for his piece.” Krysia Osostowitz

Programme Note:

Jeremy Thurlow – Mehlschöberl

 (companion to Beethoven sonata no 8 in G)

This piece was written for Krysia Osostowicz’s Beethoven Plus project, as a companion to Beethoven’s eighth violin sonata, the delightful op. 30 no. 3 in G major, a piece whose effervescent energy once earned it the nickname ‘Champagne’.   The name for my piece comes from a letter of Beethoven’s to a friend, written just a couple of years before the sonata, which he signs off ‘A kiss from your Beethoven, also known as Mehlschöberl’ – which is a kind of light Viennese pancake or soufflé, eaten with beef broth.  It seemed to me (more than Champagne) to be a perfectly Beethovenish token of teasing lightness and fun (with a hint of meatiness too).  The eighth sonata is a special favourite of mine for its endlessly cheeky, inventive, subvertive energy and charm. There’s a particular spot about a minute and a half into the first movement with a strange, devilish texture, twisting quick and sharp but also dark and momentarily sinister. Whenever I hear or play this bit I always feel that it’s Beethoven at the piano – in a cheeky mood, but with a strange undercurrent.  Jeremy Thurlow

Related News and Reviews

Saturday, 07 November 2015

In this recital, Beethoven’s sonatas no. 8 in G and no. 6 in A were paired with new pieces by Jeremy Thurlow and Austrian composer Kurt Schwertsik. (read more…)

Sunday Times, Paul Driver 

“Across London, I enjoyed two of numerous Beethoven evenings being presented this autumn at Kings Place: notably the fine performances by Krysia Osostowicz and the pianist Daniel Tong of four of the violin sonatas, each matched with a commissioned short piece. (read more…)

Krysia Osostowicz and Jeremy Thurlow – one of the ten composers involved in Beethoven Plus – are absolutely delighted to be appearing on BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune” this coming Monday, 12th October. They will be chatting to Sean Rafferty at 4.30pm, and will be joined by pianist Edward Lidall who is standing in for Daniel Tong. (read more…)