William Kinderman

Beethoven: The Last Three Piano Sonatas

Arietta Music

CD / ART-002
UPC: 795306600220

William Kinderman's original 2002 release (on Hyperion) re-issued in a handsome digipak.

"Beethoven's last piano sonata is a monument to his conviction that solutions to the problems facing humanity lie ever within our grasp if they can be recognised for what they are and be confronted by models of human transforamtion. Maynard Solomon has argued that 'masterpieces of art are instilled with a surplus of constantly renewable energy -- an energy that provides a motive force for changes in the relations between human beings -- because they contain projections of human desires and goals which have not yet been achieved (which indeed may be unrealisable)'. Among Beethoven's instrumental works Op 111 assumes a special position as an 'effigy of (the) ideal' in Schiller's formulation; and every adequate performance must re-enact something of this process, reaching as it does beyond the merely aesthetic dimension to touch the domain of the moral and ethical."

-- William Kinderman, 2002

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
1) Vivace, ma non troppo
2) Prestissimo
3) Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo, Gesangvoll, mi innigster Empfindung

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
4) Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
5) Allegro molto
6) Adagio ma non troppo / Fuga, Allegro ma non troppo

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
7) Maestoso / Allegro con brio ed appassionato
8) Arietta, Adagio molto semplice e cantabile

Recorded in the Beethoven-Haus, Bonn, in July 1997 and December 1999
Recording Engineer Martin Pfitzenmaier
Recording Producer James Maddox
Cover painting by Elmar Budde

Beethoven: The Last Three Piano Sonatas
Product Type: CD
Product ID: ART-002
Product UPC: 795306600220
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