What is ‘Late Style’? It’s a question that has preoccupied writers and thinkers from Theodor Adorno, who coined the term in relation to Beethoven’s late music, to Edward Said, whose book ‘On Late Style’ explores the output of artists, writers and composers at the end of their lives.
In 'Endgame', a new series of four concerts in the UK and Europe, British pianist James Lisney explores the notion of Late Style through the lens of four composers who are particularly close to his heart - Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin - whose late piano music is some of the most intriguing, best-loved and endlessly satisfying. Less concerned with valedictory thoughts, of resolution and acceptance, the late works of these composers are often intransigent, challenging and contradictory, inventive and transcendent. These works demonstrate that lateness is not just about physical or creative maturity, but also an attitude of mind. In this music there is the sense of life lived with intensity, that time is finite, yet there is much more to say....
'Endgame' launches in autumn 2019 at:
1 October - Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham
13 October - St George’s, Bristol
16 October - West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (in support of The Amber Trust)
and continues throughout 2020