Beethoven and the Sonata Idea, Part 13

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Illustration by Emil Eugen Sachse, 1854

This week, David Dubal concludes his series exploring movements from Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas. Over the course of 13 weeks, we have sampled the great pianists who have immersed themselves in these extraordinary and challenging works, offering their unique interpretations as well as their reverence for the great keyboard master. From the first to the last, each sonata movement serves as a pillar of this foundational piece of piano literature, and David Dubal has offered his deep insight into them all.

On this program, we hear selections from the early, middle, and late period of the Beethoven piano sonatas, and we close the series with a movement from Sonata 26 – Beethoven’s famous “Farewell.” Tune in on Thursday night at 8pm or Sunday night at 10pm for this final installment of Beethoven and the Sonata Idea.

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2, III. Scherzo Assai
--Bernard Roberts, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2, I. Allegro
--Seymour Lipkin, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90, I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
--Charles Rosen, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1, I. Allegro molto e con brio
--Stephen Kovacevich, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat, Op. 110, I. Moderato cantabile molto expressivo
--Sviatoslav Richter, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat, Op. 7, IV. Rondo
--Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 26 in E Flat, Op. 81a, I. Das Lebewohl
--Maria Grinberg, piano