Beethoven cycle postponement

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It is with great regret that we announce that the entire second half of Gusztáv Fenyő’s cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas in Scotland has been postponed until 2021. This is, of course, entirely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In the early stages when programmes 5 and 6, scheduled for 24/31 May, were postponed, Gusztáv was hopeful they could be squeezed in prior to the final two programmes on 27 September and 4 October. However, with the earliest re-start date for live concerts in Scotland now delayed until at least 5th October, clearly this is not possible.

While dates for 2021 cannot be fixed until there is sufficient progress with the resumption of live concerts to enable planning, it is intended they will follow a similar format to the 2019/2020 dates.

As you may be aware, Gusztáv Fenyő is also performing the complete cycle in Hungary at the University of Debrecen. Fortunately, he was able to perform programme 5 on 4th March, just before lockdown; however, programme 6, scheduled for later that month, had to be postponed. The University has now re-started for the new academic year and we wait to hear when live-concert planning can proceed: dates for programmes 6, 7 and 8 will then be announced.

You will find full details of these Beethoven cycles under ‘Events’ or via the link on our Home page.

If you would like to be kept up-to-date with progress with re-scheduling of dates at either or both locations, please email us via the ‘Contact us’ form with ‘Beethoven update’ as the subject line and we will be in touch with you at the earliest opportunity.

In the meantime, please continue our celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year, by visiting Gusztav’s YouTube channel for Beethoven piano trios and violin sonatas (live broadcasts for Hungarian Radio) – and a range of other repertoire, from solo Bach, Chopin, Liszt and Shostakovich to late-20th century composers, chamber works by Schubert, Dvořák, Franck, Dohnányi, Kodály, Schnittke, piano concertos by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Liszt…and much else.