Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Vol.7: Tempest | Deux Elles DXL1167

Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Vol.7: Tempest


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Label: Deux Elles

Cat No: DXL1167

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 16th November 2018



The main part of this volume is devoted to the three Op.31 Sonatas composed in 1802 at a time when Beethoven was probably in the darkest place of his whole life, early in his thirties with the realisation of his impending deafness.

In October the same year, Beethoven wrote his famous Heiligenstadt Testament, a will in which he left everything to his two brothers and an outpouring of the despair he felt at the realisation that his deafness was only going to get worse.

Martin Roscoe notes, “It’s astonishing that...Beethoven was able to be so prolific as he was at this time, and even more amazing that so many of his works are so full of spirit, energy and humour.”

This volume also includes the D major no.3, composed by Beethoven when was twelve – one of the most sophisticated and technically challenging of the three early WoO47 Sonatas.

Martin Roscoe is a versatile musician and one of Britain's most prolific recitalists who features regularly on BBC Radio 3. His enduring popularity and solid reputation are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship that is allied to an easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike. He has recorded the complete piano music of Nielsen and Szymanowski, as well as this series for of the first complete Beethoven piano sonatas from Barry Cooper’s new edition, published by ABRSM.

Martin is currently a Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School of Music, London. Artistic Director of Ribble Valley International Piano Week and Beverley Chamber Music Festival. He lives in the English Lake District, that provides inspiration and enables him to indulge his passions for the countryside and hill-walking.

“[these accounts] go out of their way to emphasis the freshness and cheekiness of Beethoven, for all his indebtedness to Haydn. No listener will be disappointed…” - In the Beginning (Vol.5) DXL1165, BBC Music Magazine, February 2016 ****

“Listeners whose internal Beethoven sonata barometers read ‘intimate’ rather than ‘cosmic’ will respond to the stature and high standards of Roscoe’s artistry” - Moonlight (Vol.6) DXL1166, BBC Music Magazine, July 2017

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