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Jonathan Biss

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SPAC's Beethoven 2020 - Jonathan Biss In Concert & Conversation

The Roundtable

For the past decade, Jonathan Biss has immersed himself in the music of Beethoven, especially the piano sonatas, solidifying his place as one of the renowned interpreters of the composer’s music. With his original performance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center having been curtailed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Biss has carefully curated a special program recorded live from his home in NYC that is exclusive to the Saratoga Springs audience. He will guide viewers through an exploration of Beethoven’s prolific sonatas for solo piano including a performance of two of his favorite works as part of SPAC's Beethoven 2020 celebration.


20 Aug 2020

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Jonathan Biss, Elizabeth Kenny, Susanna Malkki and Cheer Up!

Music Matters

Tom Service talks to pianist Jonathan Biss about how Beethoven can help us all through lockdown isolation, and to lutenist Elizabeth Kenny about the far-sighted Italian Renaissance pioneer, composer, lutenist and theorist Vincenzo Galilei - father of astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei. As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Tom talks to author Adrian Wright about his new book Cheer Up! - British Musical Films, 1929-1945. And, from the Music Matters archive, another chance to hear Tom's 2018 interview with dynamic Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki.


9 May 2020

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L'envergure du Beethoven de Jonathan Biss

Le van Beethoven

durée : 00:58:38 - Le van Beethoven de Jonathan Biss - par : Aurélie Moreau - "J’essaie d’obtenir une définition aussi large que possible de ce que signifie être musicien", nous dit Jonathan Biss. Depuis 2011, il enregistre le cycle des 32 Sonates pour piano de Beethoven, quelle réussite ! - réalisé par : Bruno Riou-Maillard


31 Mar 2020

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Suite et fin de l'intégrale des trente-deux sonates de Beethoven par Jonathan Biss

En pistes ! L'actualité du disque classique

durée : 01:58:34 - En pistes ! du vendredi 15 novembre 2019 - par : Emilie Munera, Rodolphe Bruneau Boulmier - Au programme ce matin : des quatuors avec flûte de Mozart sur instruments d’époque, la violiniste Diana Tishchenko enregistre son premier album, avec au programme des sonates de Ravel, Enesco, Ysaÿe et Prokofiev... - réalisé par : Olivier Guérin

1hr 58mins

27 Mar 2020

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Beethoven with Jonathan Biss and Brett Dean

Wigmore Hall Podcasts

Jonathan Biss is joined by composer and performer Brett Dean to talk about the latest in Biss' Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle series. They discuss the strength of the different characters presented by Beethoven in each of the evening's sonatas, the way he can somehow unite the tension many composers find between expression and technique, and the audience grills the pair about the consequences of Beethoven's deafness and comparisons between him and his predecessors like Haydn. Biss is also close to the première of a new piano concerto composed by Dean for him, and they talk about the commission and its origins in the Austrian town of Gneixendorf.


25 Mar 2020

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Beethoven with Jonathan Biss & the Belcea Quartet

Wigmore Hall Podcasts

Jonathan Biss, following the December concert in his Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle, is joined by Antoine Lederlin and Krzysztof Chorzelski of the Belcea Quartet (who are currently performing the complete Beethoven String Quartets) for a discussion on their programmes. The conversation includes comparisons between the string quartets and piano sonatas, the co-existence of contrasting elements - human & superhuman, complex & banal - in the works, and what it's like performing a complete cycle by one composer ("living with" Beethoven).


25 Mar 2020

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Pianist Jonathan Biss

Voice of the Arts

Pianist Jonathan Biss chats with WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham about the recent finish of his nine-year, nine-disc long project recording all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. Jonathan has played with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the past, and he’ll be back playing Mozart with the PSO in May 2021.

10 Mar 2020

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John Pitman Review: Jonathan Biss completes Beethoven journey

All Classical Portland | Arts Blog

American pianist Jonathan Biss has just completed a 9-year journey exploring the piano sonatas of Ludwig Van Beethoven. In his conversation, Mr. Biss shares how each sonata revealed a different side of the composer's character, which was definitely much more than the scowling face we often see on CD covers and books. The journey was also one of discovery for the pianist himself: Mr. Biss certainly doesn't feel like he's in the same place as when he started nearly a decade ago.


12 Feb 2020

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Beethoven with Jonathan Biss

Wigmore Hall Podcasts

Following each concert in his Beethoven Piano Sonata series, Jonathan Biss will host a post-concert talk in the Hall. On Sunday 29 September, this took the form of a Question & Answer session with the audience. Led by questions from the auditorium, Jonathan explores the evening concert programme and the development of Beethoven over the decade the performed works span. He discusses how teaching and preparing his Coursera lectures has affected his approach to playing the piano sonatas, and how an audience in Beethoven’s day might have reacted to the works.


2 Oct 2019

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Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 (with Jonathan Biss)

Sticky Notes: The Classical Music Podcast

This week on Sticky Notes, I get a co-host for the first time!  I'm thrilled to be joined by the amazing pianist Jonathan Biss for an analysis and deep dive into Beethoven's profoundly moving 4th Piano Concerto.  I'll start off on my own giving you a broad outline of the piece, and then Jonathan joins me for a wide-ranging discussion of our favorite moments of the piece, why its so beautiful, performance challenges, and much more.  Jonathan is one of the most insightful and knowledgeable pianists around so don't miss this fascinating episode!  Thanks for listening!  

1hr 4mins

1 Mar 2018