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Solzhenitsyn Plays Beethoven

This recording explores Beethoven's three piano sonatas of 1814-18, which bridge the gap between the so-called middle and late periods of the composer's output.

 


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"Just as the supreme lyricism of the second movement of Op. 90 made us instinctively fast-forward to Schubert, so the angular awkwardness of the F-major march that serves as the scherzo of Op. 101 instantly brings to mind some of the most grotesque visions of Schumann:  here are the same obsessive dotted rhythms, the anxious repeated notes, the muscular jumps.  Only in the gentle, subdominant-hued trio, does the wonderful weirdness abate, yet even then the deceptive artlessness of the melody is contravened by the stark dissonance created by its subjection to canonic treatment."

—from Ignat Solzhenitsyn's liner notes


LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  (1770-1827)
Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90  (1814)
Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101  (1816)
Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106  (1818)


TRACK LIST
1. Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90: I. Mit lebhaftigkeit
2. Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90: II. Nicht zu geschwind
3. Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: I. Etwas lebhaft
4. Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: II. Ziemlich lebhaft
5. Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: III. Langsam - Zeitmaß des ersten stücks - Geschwinde
6. Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106: I. Allegro
7. Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106: II. Scherzo: Assai vivace
8. Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106: III. Adagio sostenuto
9. Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106: IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto