Beethoven and the Sonata Idea, Part 12

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Illustration by Emil Eugen Sachse, 1854

Despite a life full of physical and emotional miseries, Beethoven was filled with an idealism that resounded through his music. He was profoundly frustrated and struggled with a quick temper, but he remained committed to the ideas of virtue and morality throughout his life. He completed his 32 piano sonatas in 1822, just five years before his death, and they remain a spiritual and artistic journey for pianists everywhere.

On this program, we hear the final movements from Beethoven’s famous Waldstein sonata and the mighty Hammerklavier, and well as two of the bagatelles that would comprise Beethoven’s final piano works. Tune in on Thursday at 8pm and Sunday at 10pm for this next installment of Beethoven and the Sonata Idea.

Program:  
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, II. Scherzo. Allegro vivace.
--Clara Haskil, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major (“Waldstein”), III. Rondo. Allegretto moderato – Prestissimo
--Gina Bachauer, piano
 
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, IV. Rondo grazioso
--Wilhelm Kempff, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, IV. Presto con fuoco
--Clara Haskil, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 (“Hammerklavier”), IV. Introduzione: Largo… Allegro – Fuga: Allegro risoluto
--Ernst Levy, piano

Bagatelles, Op. 126 (IV. Presto in B minor and VI. Presto in E-flat Major)
--Glenn Gould, piano