Édouard Herriot once said: “‘In Beethoven, everything comes from within.” This is particularly true of the late piano sonatas, which contain elements of both intimate journal and total experimentation before attaining the mystical serenity of the last sonata, Op. 111. Here is Nikolai Lugansky’s long-awaited vision of this pianistic Everest. The recording session took place from July 11 to 14, 2020 at the legendary hall of the Moscow Conservatory. The original plan was to make the recording in Toblach, Italy, but things changed due to the pandemic.