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The complete 32 Piano Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven (17701827) – Programme VI

Sonata for Piano No. 22 in F major, Op. 54

I. In Tempo d’un Menuetto
II. Allegretto  Più Allegro

Sonata for Piano No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”

I. Allegro assai
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro ma non troppo – Presto


Sonata for Piano No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78

I. Adagio cantabile – Allegro ma non troppo
II. Allegro vivace

Sonata for Piano No. 25 in G major, Op. 79

I. Presto alla tedesca
II. Andante
III. Vivace

Sonata for Piano No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a, “Les Adieux”

I. Das Lebewohl. Adagio – Allegro
II. Abwesenheit. Andante espressivo
III. Das Wiedersehen. Vivacissimamente

Konstantin Lifschitz – piano

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Flanked by the “Waldstein” Sonata and its “reverse side”, the “Appassionata”, the Sonata in F major is much more modest in terms of both scale and import. It would almost seem to be a torso, or an unfinished plan for something greater.

In its turn, the Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 is immensely popular. It, too, exerted far-reaching influence on an entire epoch in music that ensued. Its impact on the listener is indeed overwhelming. Here, Beethoven uses the keyboard to build up a thrilling drama of Shakespearean dimensions. The main theme emerges out of nowhere, ghost-like, and suddenly a battle is unleashed on an interplanetary scale. With the “Appassionata”, Beethoven adds finishing touches to the type of large-scale concert sonata. With the devices at his disposal, he could not reach further as regards dramatic impact.

The following Sonata in F sharp major is much more intimate, tender and poetic, on a scale limited to two movements. Much valued by Beehoven himself, it may have been linked with some purely personal connotations.

The Sonata in G major can be characterized as a sonata facile, a simple piece and obviously a byproduct of the composer´s work on the “Emperor” Concerto.

A personal undertone is clearly present in the Sonata in E flat major, Op. 81a – Beethoven superscribed its three opening chords with the note “Lebewohl!” (“Farewell!”), in response to a situation where his friend and patron, the Archduke Rudolf, had to leave Vienna besieged by Napoleon´s armies. Its message is ultimately optimistic, though, as the movement denoted Parting is duly followed by Reunion.

sleeve-note: Dita Hradecká / translation: Ivan Vomáčka

Complete 32 Piano Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

BEETHOVEN I / In Haydn´s Footsteps / Sunday, August 22
Sonatas Opp. 2 & 7

BEETHOVEN II / The Birth of a Genius / Monday, August 23
Sonatas Opp. 10 & 22

BEETHOVEN III / Pathétique / Tuesday, August 24
Sonatas Opp. 13, 14 & 49

BEETHOVEN IV  / Moonlight / Wednesday, August 25
Sonatas Opp. 26, 27 & 28

BEETHOVEN V / Tempest / Thursday, August 26
Sonatas Opp. 53 & 31

BEETHOVEN VI / Appassionata / Friday, August 27
Sonatas Opp. 54, 57, 78, 79 & 81a

BEETHOVEN VII / Monument / Saturday, August 28
Sonatas Opp. 90, 101 & 106

BEETHOVEN VIII / Towards New Shores / Sunday, August 29
Sonatas Opp. 109, 110 & 111