A GENUINE BEETHOVEN PIANIST
Simon Watterton gives a
lunchtime recital in London,
heard by JULIAN JACOBSON
On Good Friday, 2 April 2010, the young British pianist Simon Watterton gave a fine lunchtime recital at London's Regent Hall for the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe. His artfully chosen programme opened with Handel, whom Beethoven himself considered the greatest of all composers, then took a detour via the Belfast-born British composer Howard Ferguson's Five Bagatelles before culminating in Beethoven's late A flat Sonata, Op 110.
If pianists bother at all with Handel nowadays it is usually only to play the little B flat piece on which Brahms based his mighty Variations and Fugue...
Copyright © 25 April 2010 Julian Jacobson,