Beethoven - Piano Sonatas opp. 57, 109 & 111 | Audite AUDITE20047

Beethoven - Piano Sonatas opp. 57, 109 & 111

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Label: Audite

Cat No: AUDITE20047

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 8th May 2020

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Jimin Oh-Havenith interprets three of Beethoven’s most famous, beautiful, but also most demanding piano sonatas. Her carefully chosen tempi allow for a vivid and transparent presentation of the thematic structures and internal developments.

The poetic idea transitioning from Sturm und Drang to romanticism
This new recording by Jimin Oh-Havenith presents three of Beethoven’s most famous, beautiful, but also most demanding piano sonatas. In addition to the dramatic F minor Sonata, op.57 (‘Appassionata’), the pianist plays the late Sonatas in E major, op.109, and C minor, op.111, the last of the 32 piano sonatas. The exploration and crossing of boundaries can be seen as a central motif in Beethoven’s compositions in general, and in his piano music in particular. While the variation movement in the ‘Appassionata’ is flanked by rugged outer movements and the ending is a lively dance, opp. 109 and 111 close with extended, expressive variation movements. In the finale of op.109 and in the simple, yet rapturously poignant Arietta of op.111 with the metamorphoses in its five variations, Beethoven enters uncharted territory. Here, Beethoven not only reaches expressive extremes, but also challenges his instrument: the keyboard range is stretched to the limit. The listener experiences the end of the C minor Sonata as a farewell to the world and to the genre of the sonata itself, but also as a beginning of something new and unknown.

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