Beethoven and the Sonata Idea: Part 3

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Illustration by Emil Eugen Sachse, 1854

Tune in Thursday night at 8pm or Sunday night at 10pm to hear Reflections from the Keyboard's host David Dubal continue his exploration of the musical and emotional landscape of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas. The sonata presents rigorous challenges for a pianist, and Beethoven brought all of his intensity and humor to bear on these masterpieces. On this program, we hear movements from seven of the piano sonatas, including Sonata 28, which was the first of five legendary works comprising Beethoven’s late sonata period.

Program:

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, IV. Rondo: Allegro
--Murray Perahia, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-flat major, Op. 22, I. Allegro con brio
--Emil Gilels, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90, II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen
--Solomon, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 (“Tempest”), III. Allegretto
--Steven Lubin, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, Op. 7, II. Largo, con gran espressione
--Louis Lortie, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101, IV. Allegro
--Jeffrey Swann; piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, III. Scherzo: Allegro
--Andras Schiff; piano