When the idea of performing all of Ludwig van Beethoven's piano sonatas came to Matthew Phelps, Music Minister at West End United Methodist Church, he thought no one would take it seriously. Soon, however, Phelps had a roster of over 20 professional pianists—many of whom are professors at Belmont, Vanderbilt and Lipscomb— lined up to play the entire sonata cycle.
Phelps, joined by pianists Steve Alan Hyman and Kristian Klefstad, stopped by with a preview of the Nashville Beethoven Festival. A joint project of West End United Methodist Church, Lipscomb University and the Steinway Society of Nashville, festival pianists will perform all 32 of Beethoven's piano sonatas over three days this weekend.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata in A flat, Op. 110
- mvt. 1
- Matthew Phelps, pianist
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata in C sharp minor, Op. 27, no. 2
- mvts. 2 & 3
- Steve Alan Hyman, pianist
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata in F major, Op 10, no 2
- mvt. 1
- Kristian Klefstad, pianist