As we head toward WQXR’s Beethoven Piano Sonata Marathon this Sunday, today’s Showdown features three modern masters of that repertoire. After leading all morning, Alfred Brendel was victorious as your choice for who you wanted to hear play Beethoven’s Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata?"
We played the piece at noon.
Alfred Brendel plays the Appassionata, third movement:
Richard Goode (playing Mozart)
Murray Perahia plays the Appassionata, second movement: