Saturday 5 October, 7.30pm

Trinity Church
Ayr Road, KA18 1DW
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£25 / £18
Festival Pass – Priority Booking and a 15% discount

Approx running time 85 mins, inc 20 min interval


Steven Osborne: Piano


Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E major, Op. 109

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A flat major, Op. 110

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 111

We are delighted that the eminent Scottish pianist Steven Osborne will perform his unique interpretation of Beethoven’s final Sonatas. He replaces soprano Danielle de Niese, who can no longer join us due to a recent change in circumstances.

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Bringing the beauty, seriousness and spirituality of Beethoven’s music to the Cumnock Tryst Osborne will play Beethoven's Sonatas Opus 109, 110 and 111. These are the last three of the thirty-two sonatas that this iconic composer wrote over the course of his career.

 Osborne released these sonatas in May on the Hyperion label to wide critical acclaim. Gramophone Magazine described his recording as a “magnificent achievement” and that “Osborne’s kinship with the composer is everywhere apparent and he conveys the vast contrasts of the last three sonatas unerringly”. Fiona Maddocks of The Observer noted of the recordings that “[Osborne] captures Beethoven’s humanity, tumult and crazed fervour”.

Steven Osborne is one of the most revered pianists on the planet these days. He is also a Scot. He brings some of the most sublime music in the repertoire to Cumnock. Beethoven is one of the first names that comes to mind when one thinks about classical music. His late works, like these last three piano sonatas, are like music from Heaven - extraordinary, visionary works which probe the borderlands between the human and the sacred. I’ve always dreamed that The Cumnock Tryst would be able to present a programme like this.
— Sir James MacMillan