Arts: Changing perspectives at Castalia Hall

Violinist Keith Pascoe and pianist Brian MacNamara embark on a captivating journey performing the complete cycle of Beethoven and Mozart sonatas over the next eighteen months.

Violinist Keith Pascoe and pianist Brian MacNamara embark on a captivating journey performing the complete cycle of Beethoven and Mozart sonatas over the next eighteen months.

The first concert in this exciting series of 27 sonatas will take place in the Castalia Hall in Ballytobin, Callan, Co. Kilkenny on September 14 at 8pm. Tickets are €15 and €10 and are available at the door.

The first programme of the series includes W.A. Mozart Sonata KV304 in e minor; L.van Beethoven Sonata Op. 24 in F major “Spring” ; W.A. Mozart Sonata KV 301 in G major; and the concert will conclude with W.A. Mozart Sonata KV 526 in A major.

This is the first of a seven concert series devoted to the violin and piano sonatas of Mozart and Beethoven. In the series violinist Keith Pascoe and pianist Brian MacNamara present a rarely performed cycle juxtaposing twenty-seven sonatas - the seventeen sonatas of Mozart from the New Henle edition, and the ten for piano and violin by Beethoven.  

The spectre of the French Revolution hangs over the period of these sonatas, and whereas the pre-revolutionary Mozart works show his
unique gift of inspiration and are among his maturest compositions,the post-revolutionary Beethoven set are fascinating in terms of how
he developed this format for piano and violin.
This series is funded by the Arts Council and supported by RTÉ lyric fm and Music in Kilkenny.