Beethoven and the Sonata Idea: Part 3

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Illustration by Emil Eugen Sachse, 1854 (Emil Eugen Sachse/Wikimedia Commons)

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.


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

Comments [2]

Denise Sheldon from New York

If it weren't for you, Mr. Dubal, I would have never sat down and taken the time to listen to Beethoven's Sonatas. You have taught me a great deal. Thank you.

Dec. 25 2016 10:06 PM
Mohamed Boubendir

Hello, Mr. Dubal, I very much enjoy your program on Beethoven. I especially liked Beethoven's Rondo of the seventh sonata, which Barenboim said Arrau found tragic. The piano with which Lubin played Beethoven's 3rd mov no 17 sounded like an alluring harp.
Thank You.

Dec. 22 2016 08:35 PM

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