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

Sonata for Piano No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 “Pathétique”

I. Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio
II. Adagio cantabile
III. Rondo. Allegro

Sonata for Piano No. 9 in E major, Op. 14, No. 1

I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Rondo. Allegro comodo


Sonata for Piano No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2

I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Scherzo. Allegro assai

Sonata for Piano No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49, No. 1

I. Andante
II. Rondo. Allegro

Sonata for Piano No. 20 in G major, Op. 49, No. 2

I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Tempo di Menuetto

Konstantin Lifschitz – piano

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One of the most popular and most frequently performed sonatas, Beethoven´s “Pathétique”, opens our third encounter here with this composer´s music. A terrible ordeal for a musician (let alone one still active), loss of hearing, was by now looming over Beethoven with cruel immediacy. One can hear the blows of fate rendered by the heavy chords of the work´s slow introduction. In their turns, the ravishing stream of the ensuing allegro, the cantilena of the slow movement in A flat major, and the sheer wit of the final rondo make of this sonata one of the best loved pieces in its genre.

Not uncommonly for Beethoven, the music of the following Opus 14 has nothing left of the spirit of tragic passion prevailing in the message of its predecessor. Both of its sonatas are embued with cheerful mood and tender charm, and nor does either of them pose exceptional demands on the interpreter. They might even appear to be destined primarily for home music making rather than the concert platform.

Dating from the same period (shortly before 1800), and falling within the same category of fairly simple compositions, are the two sonatas of Opus 49. At two movements each, they are also fairly short.

sleeve-note: Dita Hradecká / translation: Ivan Vomáčka

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

BEETHOVEN I / In Haydn´s Footsteps / Sunday, June 6
Sonatas Opp. 2 & 7

BEETHOVEN II / The Birth of a Genius / Monday, June 7
Sonatas Opp. 10 & 22

BEETHOVEN III / Pathétique / Tuesday, June 8
Sonatas Opp. 13, 14 & 49

BEETHOVEN IV  / Moonlight / Wednesday, June 9
Sonatas Opp. 26, 27 & 28

BEETHOVEN V / Tempest / Thursday, June 10
Sonatas Opp. 53 & 31

BEETHOVEN VI / Appassionata / Friday, June 11
Sonatas Opp. 54, 57, 78, 79 & 81a

BEETHOVEN VII / Monument / Saturday, June 12
Sonatas Opp. 90, 101 & 106

BEETHOVEN VIII / Towards New Shores / Sunday, June 13
Sonatas Opp. 109, 110 & 111