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Classics At Greyfriars (Llyr Williams And The Heath Quartet )

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2011

Welsh pianist Llyr Williams has set himself the rather ambitious challenge of performing all of Beethoven’s sonatas over the course of 22 concerts – with the help of the Heath Quartet, of course. For this opening show, however, he is on his own but, nevertheless, he beautifully delivers three sonatas, taking ownership over each piece as if he had composed them himself. He catches the audience off-guard with an unpredictable style, making them literally jump out of their seats at times. As he stabs, tickles and caresses the ivories, I soon realise that he has no sheet music, which is a pretty incredible feat in itself and shows Williams’ outstanding talent and passion for music.

Greyfriars Kirk, 12 – 26 Aug (not 14, 20, 21), times vary, £17.50, fpp201.
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