Beethoven and the Sonata Idea: Part 6

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Illustration by Emil Eugen Sachse, 1854

Beethoven was the epic musical force of his age, leaping boldly from the 18th century Classicism of Mozart and Haydn to a new era of Romanticism. However, in taking this leap, he never lost his fascination with the sonata form. Through this form, the great composer captured the broadest spectrum of human feeling, ranging from humor and whimsy to fury and longing.

On this program, host David Dubal continues his exploration of Beethoven and the Sonata Idea, delving into movements from the 32 piano sonatas. We hear a comparative performance of the minuet from Piano Sonata No. 20, as well as the funeral march from Sonata No. 12, which is the only one of Beethoven's piano sonatas that is not in sonata form.

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Program:
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp minor, Op. 57: I. Adagio cantabile – Allegro ma non troppo
--Friedrich Gulda, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110: II. Allegro molto
--Eugene Istomin, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49, No. 2: II. Tempo di Menuetto
--Emil Gilels, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49, No. 2: II. Tempo di Menuetto
--Paul Lewis, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2: III. Allegretto
--Wilhelm Backhaus, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110: III. Adagio ma non troppo
--Nelson Freire, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-flat major, Op. 22: I. Rondo. Allegro con brio
--Andras Schiff; piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1: II. Adagio
--Alfred Brendel, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 12 “Marcia funebre” in A-flat major, Op. 26: III. Marcia funebre “sulla morte d’un Eroe”
--Paul Lewis, piano