Digital Box Set: The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Monday, June 01, 2015
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.