Beethoven and the Sonata Idea, Part 9

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Illustration by Emil Eugen Sachse, 1854

This week, host David Dubal returns to his exploration of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, giving deep insight into the music and the man. This corpus of masterworks is one of the great artistic achievements. It charts Beethoven’s psychological and musical development between 1795 and 1822, during his quest to expand the very idea of the sonata form.

On this program, we hear renowned pianists perform movements from sonatas written during Beethoven’s early, middle, and late periods, including a comparative performance of the adagio from the famous “Waldstein.”

Tune in Thursday night at 8pm or Sunday night at 10pm for Reflections from the Keyboard.

Program:
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, I. Allegro con brio
--Murray Perahia, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major, I. Allegro vivace
--Paul Lewis, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 (“Waldstein”), II. Introduzione, Adagio Molto
--Maurizio Pollini, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 (“Waldstein”), II. Introduzione, Adagio Molto
--Walter Gieseking, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major, I. Presto alla tedesca
--Wilhelm Backhaus, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, I. Allegro molto e con brio
--Bruce Hungerford, piano

Beethoven: Sonata No. 32 in C minor, I. Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato
--Guiomar Novaes, piano