Beethoven wrote 32 most wonderful sonatas. They spanned his composing life: Opus 2 consisted of 3 sonatas while his last sonata was Opus 111, written in 1822, 5 years before his death.
Tonight, Pianist Nada will present two sonatas that Beethoven considered to be his favorites. The talk will cover their background with selected passages to be played by Nada. The two sonatas are the following . . . it would be good to revisit them to appreciate Nada's talk: 1) Sonata No 23 in F minor Op 57 (Appassionata) 2) Sonata No 24 in F♯ major Op 78 (à Thérèse)
Please visit and subscribe Nada's YouTube Channel to see her perform Beethoven's Emperor Concerto (movement 3) and other wonderful pieces by Brahms, Schubert, etc.
“I speak music” There is something special about Pianist Nada (born Nada Loutfi). The unusual path on which life has taken her has also made her into an extraordinary human being. When she performs, her music seems to come alive in such a way that few performers ever dare to reach. It is like time and reality do not matter, only music. Concert artist, educator, passionate communicator who strives to bring her love of music to audiences throughout the world, “I speak music” is the motto which best describes her charismatic personality and talent to generate enthusiasm and love of classical music.
Radio Voice You can hear her as host and performer of her own radio series, The Classical Hour. She also acts as the curator of the programs which sometimes have themes, and designs them in order to make them accessible to a wide variety of listeners. The performances are recorded live for broadcast on WCHQ 100.9 FM and available on the net for download from anywhere in the world. She has nurtured a large following of listeners over the years on a radio station basically dedicated to local and popular music.
Biography A United states citizen of Lebanese/Hungarian descent, with a French education, Pianist Nada is a native of Beirut, Lebanon. Her piano training was hampered by the unrelenting civil war and terrorism which also cost her mother’s life in a mortar explosion in her own home in Beirut. (Pianist’s concert honors mother killed in war, March 25, 2016 The Courier Journal).
Her family escaped to the mountains where Nada was mainly self-taught with a few books of music – the Bach inventions and the Chopin Waltzes and Polonaises-. After only seven years of playing the piano, she was admitted to the Paris Conservatory, France, where she became the first woman from the Middle-East to take First Prize. Since then, she has created a career with tremendous depth and breadth. Her insightful readings and unique approach to the major music repertoire frequently reminds audiences and critics of the legendary pianists Gina Bachauer and Clara Haskil. And more recently, she has been described as “a music personality of this century, such as a Glenn Gould or Samson François.”
On Grieg Piano Concerto. “It was like hearing it for the first time… She played with style, passion, and thunder without being excessive or sentimental…” – Louisville, Freelance writing
About her work as a pioneer, she was hailed “a hero of the Arts.” She traveled with a piano on a truck, introducing classical music to rural communities, hospital patients and prison populations. She works with several local organizations including her own non-profit, Sundays Love Music. Sundays Love Music For Everyone, Inc is committed to broadening the audience of classical music while bringing an excitement for the classical composers and how they have influenced us in so many ways. “when Nada plays the piano, it’s like it is only her plus the piano in the room” “every note means something, she is breathtaking” “The overall performance was amazing” – Students from Pikeville University