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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. 

 
Program 1

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
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
 
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
 
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

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, "Pathetique":
I. Grave - Allegro molto e con br
II. Adagio cantabile

Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698
8:29, 5:55

Program 2

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  
 
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #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
 
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #9 In E, Op. 14/1
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto

Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698
6:47, 4:03
 
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# minor,
Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight":
I. Adagio sostenuto

Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698
4:55
 
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #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

Program 3

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
 
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

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #23 In F Minor,
Op. 57, "Appassionata" -
I. Allegro Assai

Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698
9:00

Program 4

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #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
 
Beethoven: Sonata no. 26 in E-flat major, op. 81a:
I. Adagio: Allegro (LesAdieux)
II. Vivacissimamente (Le Retour)

Richard Goode
The Complete Sonatas
Nonesuch 561659
6:39, 5:20
 
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #25 In G, Op. 79, "Cuckoo" -
I. Presto Alla Tedesca
II. Andantel
III. Vivace

Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698
3:58, 3:07, 1:35
 
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

Program 5

Mahler: Symphony #2 In C Minor, "Resurrection"
- 9. Molto Ritenuto, Maestoso

Leonard Bernstein: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Mahler Symphony No. 2
DG 423395
4:16
 
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #32 In C Minor, Op. 111
I. Maestoso, Allegro Con Brio Appassionato

Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698
8:20
 
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #30 In E, Op. 109 -
III. Gesangvoll, Mit Innigster Empfindung

Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Warner Classics 556698
14:22
 
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #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,
 
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #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

 

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