Digital Box Set: The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas

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Monday, June 01, 2015

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Above audio: Listen to pianist Steven Beck performing the Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1. The full set of performances can be heard below.

In November 2011 and again in May 2015, WQXR presented epic, day-long marathon performances of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas. The first took place in The Greene Space at WQXR; the second at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. We're offering all 32 sonatas in a set of performances drawn from both events.

Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas contain what was, from the start, the composer's most personal musical expression. The piano was his instrument, and these “form one of the most important collections of works in the whole history of music," as the late, eminent musicologist Charles Rosen once said. They remain central to the entire keyboard literature.

Steven Beck Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1

Steven Beck performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1, recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Daria Rabotkina Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata A Major, Op. 2, No. 2

Daria Rabotkina Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata A Major, Op. 2, No. 2, recorded in The Greene Space, Nov. 20, 2011.

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Shai Wosner Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3

Shai Wosner performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3, recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Inon Barnatan Plays Beethoven's Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, Op. 7, 'Grand Sonata'

Inon Barnatan performs Beethoven's Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, Op. 7, 'Grand Sonata,' recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Michael Brown Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1

Michael Brown performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1, recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on May 9, 2015.

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Inon Barnatan Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2

Inon Barnatan performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2, recorded in The Greene Space on Nov. 20, 2011.

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Benjamin Hochman Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3

Benjamin Hochman performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3, recorded in The Greene Space on Nov. 20, 2011.

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Jenny Lin Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, 'Pathétique'

Jenny Lin performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, "Pathétique" recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Steven Lin Plays Beethoven's Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1

Steven Lin performs Beethoven's Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1, recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Timo Andres Plays Beethoven's Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2

Timo Andres performs Beethoven's Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2, recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Stewart Goodyear Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22

Stewart Goodyear performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22, recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Gloria Chien Plays Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26, 'Funeral March'

Gloria Chien performs Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26, "Funeral March," recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Ran Dank Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1 'Sonata quasi una fantasia'

Ran Dank performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1 "Sonata quasi una fantasia," recorded in The Greene Space on Nov. 20, 2011.

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Valentina Lisitsa Plays Beethoven's Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, 'Moonlight'

Valentina Lisitsa performs Beethoven's Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight," recorded in The Greene Space on Nov. 20, 2011.

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Kuok-Wai Lio Plays Beethoven's Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28, 'Pastoral'

Kuok-Wai Lio performs Beethoven's Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28, "Pastoral," recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Liza Stepanova Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1

Liza Stepanova performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1, recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Ran Dank Plays Beethoven's Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, 'Tempest'

Ran Dank performs Beethoven's Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest," recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Joyce Yang Plays Beethoven's Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, 'The Hunt'

Joyce Yang performs Beethoven's Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, “The Hunt," recorded in The Greene Space on Nov. 20, 2011.

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Rachel Naomi Kudo Plays Beethoven's Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49, No. 1

Rachel Naomi Kudo performs Beethoven's Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49, No. 1, recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Rachel Naomi Kudo Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 20 in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2

Rachel Naomi Kudo performs Beethoven's Sonata No. 20 in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2, recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Timo Andres Plays Beethoven's Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, 'Waldstein'

Timo Andres performs Beethoven's Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein," recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Michael Brown Plays Beethoven's Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54

Michael Brown performs Beethoven's Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54, recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Benjamin Hochman Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, 'Appassionata'

Benjamin Hochman Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata,” recorded in The Greene Space on Nov. 20, 2011.

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Anna Polonsky Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp Major, Op. 78, 'A Thérèse'

Anna Polonsky performs Beethoven's Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp Major, Op. 78, "A Thérès," recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Steven Beck Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79

Steven Beck performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79, recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Louis Schwizgebel Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, 'Les adieux'

Louis Schwizgebel performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, “Les adieux," recorded in The Greene Space on Nov. 20, 2011.

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Conor Hanick Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90

Conor Hanick performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90, recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Rachel Naomi Kudo Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101

Rachel Naomi Kudo performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101, recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Adam Golka Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, 'Hammerklavier'

Adam Golka performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier," recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Ching-Yun Hu Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109

Ching-Yun Hu performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109, recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, May 9, 2015.

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Alessio Bax Plays Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110

Alessio Bax Plays Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110 recorded in The Greene Space on Nov. 20, 2011.

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Jeremy Denk Plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111

Jeremy Denk performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111, recorded in The Greene Space on Nov. 20, 2011.

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