Beethoven and the Sonata Idea: Part 4

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Illustration by Emil Eugen Sachse, 1854

This week, host David Dubal delves further into individual movements of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas. With each sonata, Beethoven expanded the musical form, conceiving bold new landscapes for the piano repertoire. 

This program takes us on a journey from Beethoven’s very first to his penultimate sonata, composed during a tumultuous period when he struggled with his finances and his health. Devastated by hearing loss, the composer isolated himself and lived only for his art. The series continues to explore a variety of excellent Beethoven interpreters, many of whom have recorded all 32 of the piano sonatas.   

Tune in Thursday night at 8pm or Sunday night at 10pm to hear the latest episode of Beethoven and the Sonata Idea.

Program:

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, III. Menuetto: Allegrettro

--Maurizio Pollini, piano

 

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14, I. Allegro

--Garrick Ohlsson, piano

 

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, II. Adagio molto e con brio

--Robert Taub, piano

 

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, IV. Prestissimo

--Maurizio Pollini, piano

 

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54, I. In tempo d’un menuetto

--Nikolai Lugansky, piano

 

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101, II. Vivace alla marcia

--Hélène Grimaud, piano

 

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110, IV: Fuga

--Mitsuko Uchida, piano