Beethoven and the Sonata Idea: Part 8

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

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

In this series, Beethoven and the Sonata Idea, host David Dubal explores the musical and emotional landscape of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas. It was during Beethoven’s lifetime that the harpsichord was supplanted by the piano, and Beethoven made good use of the broadened range of the instrument’s expressive power. Only the piano was adequate to handle the surge of the Romantic movement, and to handle Beethoven’s stormy and virtuosic masterpieces.

On this program, we hear movements from the early, middle, and late periods of Beethoven’s 32 sonatas, including the minuet movement from the 7th sonata, the second movement of the “Pastorale” sonata, and the expressive andante movement from “Les Adieux.”

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Program:
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Major, Op. 22: II. Adagio con molto espressione
--Alfred Brendel, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1: II. Allegro molto e vivace
--Shura Cherkassky, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major (“Les Adieux”), Op. 81a: II. Andante espressivo – L’absence
--Vlado Perlemuter, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3: III. Menuetto. Allegro
--Annie Fischer, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 15 in D minor, Op. 28 (“Pastorale”): II. Andante

--Murray Perahia, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung
--Myra Hess, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D minor, Op. 10, No. 3: I. Presto
--Paul Jacobs, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (“Moonlight”): II. Allegro
--Walter Gieseking, piano

Comments [1]

Kenneth Laufer from New York City

On the excellent program on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2017, Paul Jacobs was heard playing the Presto from Beethoven's Sonata #7. I felt he played it MUCH too fast! In fact, he played it ridiculously too fast!! You could not hear any of the great details (of course if you knew it, as I did, I knew what our ears were not hearing.) Mr. Jacobs himself could not play several of the passages at the speed he attempted.

Ken Laufer, Masters, Juilliard

Feb. 01 2017 09:38 PM

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