Christian Zacharias
The Palace of Charles V
Saturday 19 June 22:30 Recital
Great Performers


Christian Zacharias, piano



Musical Boundaries


Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:21 (1773)


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813 (1722)


Joseph Haydn

Sonata in G major, Hob. XVI:39 (1770-1775)


Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Sonata in G major “Fantasy”, D 894, Op. 78 (1826)

From Bach to Viennese Classicism

In this program, Christian Zacharias plays with forms, genres and styles. The world of the classical sonata represented by Haydn is thus interrupted by one of Bach’s French Suites, one of those works that were born in the early 1720s basically with didactic intentions, but at the same time show the mastery of the composer in the (very French) style from the dance suite. In the mature Haydn the sonata reigns supreme. In these two, written at the beginning of the 1770s and still thought for the harpsichord, there are persistently baroque elements (the one of C major), but also novelties, such as that beginning in rondo with variations from the one of G major. It all rounds it up in Schubert, with a piece that, although it has preserved the title of Fantasy, is a true monument to classical art, which Liszt described as a “Virgilian poem.”