Beethoven and the Sonata Idea: Part 5

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Illustration by Emil Eugen Sachse, 1854

During Beethoven’s lifetime, great horizons were opening up across all of the arts, and the scope of musical expression was expanding constantly. Operas, symphonies, and solo works were all taking on new forms as Europe itself underwent social revolution. Beethoven’s music was created in the dawn of the fight for human freedom, and his piano sonatas represented a philosophy of hope and faith, majesty and dignity.

This week, host David Dubal continues to explore individual movements from Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, including comparative performances of the Rondo from Sonata No. 19 as well as the famous Adagio cantabile from the Sonata Pathétique.

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. 22 in F Major, Op. 54, II. Allegretto
--Daniel Barenboim, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 “Pastorale,” I. Allegro
--Maurizio Pollini, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 “Pathétique,” II. Adagio cantabile
--Misha Dichter, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 “Pathétique,” II. Adagio cantabile
--Emil Gilels, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3, IV. Allegro assai
--Andre-Michel Schub, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49, No. 1, II. Rondo. Allegro
--Daniel Barenboim, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49, No. 1, II. Rondo. Allegro
--Claudio Arrau, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 13, Op. 27, No. 1, I. Andante-Allegro
--André Watts, piano