Former WQXR host Naomi Lewin moderates a series of conversations with renowned artists featured in 92Y’s current concert season, exploring and illuminating the works they’ll be performing on our stage.
Join renowned pianist and Beethoven specialist Stewart Goodyear, as he talks with Naomi Lewin ahead of the May 26 recital that will close our spring concert season – his performance of sonatas from Beethoven’s early, middle and late periods. Goodyear has earned international acclaim for his epic performances of all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas in a single day – an undertaking considered the “Mount Everest” of music. Goodyear reflects on his journey with this music, which began at age three as a young prodigy riveted by Beethoven’s iconic sonatas. He talks about why he performs the works in what he calls a “Sonatathon,” explaining that the only way to truly present Beethoven’s vision is to perform the sonatas in their complete form: “What makes the sonatas even more powerful is putting them into the context of what came before and after.” Goodyear and Lewin explore the three works he’ll perform on our stage – Sonatas Op. 28, “Pastorale,” the folk-inflected Op. 79, and the groundbreaking final sonata, Op. 111 – as Goodyear shares why he chose these three for this concert, performs passages to illustrate his points, and more.
Tickets to hear Goodyear’s May 26 concert in-person or online are still available for purchase here.