August 14th, 2019 at 7 pm.
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Florian Heinisch, Piano
Beethoven: “To the Immortal Beloved“
Ludwig van Beethoven
Six Bagatelles op. 126
Andante favori F Major WoO 57
- Intermission -
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata B flat Major op. 106 »Hammerklavier«
Who was the mysterious “immortal beloved” Ludwig van Beethoven wrote passionate letters to? This is a question the young pianist Florian Heinisch from Hamburg pursues. For his concerts he has put together a program, consisting solely of Beethoven pieces. Enthusiasts of the composer, whose 250th anniversary will be celebrated in 2020, will get their money's worth listening to his programs. His sonata No. 29 in B flat major, “Hammerklaviersonate”, presents one of the most beautiful and at the same time one of the most demanding pieces. In the words of Florian Heinisch: “Beethoven's musical language still is modern and highly relevant. It is a language understood by almost everybody.”
The title of his concert program, “To the Immortal Beloved” is a quotation by the composer from a passionate love letter found after his death. “My angel, my everything, myself!” These few words constitute the beginning of a love letter from July 6th, 1812. Beethoven's personal life and his oeuvre come together in these words. The relation to Josephine Brunsvik, one of the many female acquaintances in his life, could have constituted a lifelong unfulfilled passion. Beethoven sent her encoded messages. “Can our love exist in any other way than through selfless devotion, through not asking for everything”, this is another sentence from the famous letter. An encrypted communication lending itself to a lot of speculations is the musical transformation of the addressee's name, repeated twice: “Jo-se-phine! Jo-se-phine!” This motive can be found in the opening motif of Andante favori, WoO57. The same striking rhythmical element can be found in both the Bagatelle opus 126 and in the second movement of the above mentioned Piano Sonata No. 29. This motif is repeated several times.
Current research into Beethoven´s oeuvre and life pays a lot of attention to looking for irrefutable proof of the real person behind “the immortal beloved”. This is more than enough reason for Florian Heinisch to prepare a program entirely consisting of Beethoven's music in the anniversary year of 2020, dedicating the program to the “immortal beloved”.
Florian Heinisch is one of the most promising young German pianists. “Unbelievable potential”, “magnificent and technically brilliant” (Hamburger Abendblatt), “an unforgettable evening” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), “virtuoso and impressive” (Lübecker Nachrichten), these are some of the praising words heaped on him by the German press.
Born in 1990 in Bach's birth town Eisenach, at age 5 he started to learn the piano. His grandmother Barbara Heinisch, one of the few female organists of her time, seems to have passed on her own talent to her grandson. Heinisch's performance of “Unplaid Concert” by the piano phenomenon Karlrobert Kreiten, later murdered by the Nazis, attracted a great deal of interest.
This challenging program which Heinisch takes to concert halls all over Europe, shows the artist's interest in assuming social responsibility. “I do not only want to play beautiful concerts, but also intend to bring some more peace, empathy and beauty to the world with each program.”
Florian Heinisch has obtained prizes for high ranging competitions as the International Grotrian-Steinweg-Wettbewerb Braunschweig or the Kleinen Schumann-Competition as well as the Bach Competition Köthen. In 2006 and 2009 he received scholarships for highly talented kids and youth in the German federal state of Thuringia.
In February of 2019 he debuted at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, in April of this year he played Mozart's Piano Concert KV 414 conducted by Kent Nagano.
He is being sponsored by the Hamburg rice company Oryza.
Find more information under www.florianheinisch.com