There was excitement and storytelling spanning the gamut of German Romanticism from Jonathan Biss Friday night at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The warm wooden interior of the smaller venue, the Amaturo Theater, was filled with a lively young crowd. At 34, the American pianist is youngish himself but is a well-established performer and writer, with a following from his online course on the Beethoven piano sonatas.
Biss framed his program with this repertory, opening with Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in F minor. Although Classical in style, the work foreshadows Beethoven’s mature, bristly Romanticism, most clearly in the Allegro’s fragmented development and rising harmonic tension.