Beethoven Piano Sonatas

August 14, 2019, 7:00 pm

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Pathétique. Moonlight. Appassionata. Hammerklavier. Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his first piano sonata at the age of 25 and his last at the age of 52, and together these 32 sonatas have been called “The New Testament” of music. Artur Schnabel was the first pianist to record a complete set and since then this feat has been reached by Daniel Barenboim, Alfred Brendel, Claude Frank, Maurizio Pollini, and Claudio Arrau – twice! This week we’ll sample as many as we possibly can that captivate us in some special way, and we hope you will share in our wonder and amazement at Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas.

Playlist

Episode 1

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
IV. Presto
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698; 3:22, 5:59, 4:43

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No.14 in C Minor, K. 457
1. Molto Allegro
Maria João Pires
Klaviersonaten
DG 479 3049; 8:13

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 2, No. 2
I. Allegro vivace
II. Largo appassionato
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698; 6:26, 7:21

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1
I. Allegro molto e con brio
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698; 4:38

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, “Pathetique”
I. Grave – Allegro molto e con brio
II. Adagio cantabile
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698; 8:29, 5:55

Episode 2

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, “Pathetique”
III. Rondo: Allegro
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698; 4:06

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7 In D, Op. 10/3
II. Largo E Mesto
III. Menuetto: Allegro
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698; 11:45, 2:28

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 9 In E, Op. 14/1
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698; 6:47, 4:03

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, “Moonlight”
I. Adagio sostenuto
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698; 4:55

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 In C-sharp Minor, Op. 27/2, “Moonlight”
I. Adagio Sostenuto
II. Allegretto
III. Presto Agitato
Rudolf Serkin Plays Beethoven
CBS 37219; 6:30, 2:18, 7:01

Episode 3

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, “The Storm”
I. Largo – Allegro
III. Allegretto
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698; 8:48, 5:43

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata #21 In C, Op. 53, “Waldstein”
I. Allegro Con Brio
II. Adagio molto
III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698; 10:08, 5:16, 8:48

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 In F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”
I. Allegro Assai
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698; 9:00

Episode 4

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 24 In F-sharp, Op. 78, “A Thérèse”
I. Adagio Cantabile, Allegro Ma Non Troppo
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698; 7:01

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a
I. Adagio: Allegro (Les Adieux)
II. Vivacissimamente (Le Retour)
Richard Goode
The Complete Sonatas
Nonesuch 561659; 6:39, 5:20

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 25 In G, Op. 79, “Cuckoo”
I. Presto Alla Tedesca
II. Andante
III. Vivace
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698; 3:58, 3:07, 1:35

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier”
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo: Assai vivace – Presto
IV. Introduzione: Largo – Fuga: Allegro resoluto
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698; 8:55, 2:41, 11:16

Episode 5

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, “Resurrection”
9. Molto Ritenuto, Maestoso
Leonard Bernstein: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Mahler Symphony No. 2
DG 423395; 4:16

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 In C Minor, Op. 111
I. Maestoso, Allegro Con Brio Appassionato
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698; 8:20

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 In E, Op. 109
III. Gesangvoll, Mit Innigster Empfindung
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698; 14:22

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 In A Flat, Op. 110
I. Moderato Cantabile, Molto Espressivo
III. Adagio Ma Non Troppo
IV. Fuga
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698; 6:35, 9:59

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 In C Minor, Op. 111
II. Arietta: Adagio Molto Semplice E Cantabile
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698; 17:52