Power, Passion and Ecstasy: Beethoven Piano Sonatas

Virginia Black returns to the keyboard and her lifelong love: Beethoven’s piano sonatas. The 3 sonatas programmed here afford us a window onto Beethoven’s life and his increasing struggle with hearing loss. We meanwhile experience Beethoven at his best: breaking the rules of the sonata form.

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, “Tempest”

1. Largo – Allegro

2. Adagio

3. Allegretto

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

4. Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio

5. Adagio cantabile

6. Rondo (Allegro)

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110

7. Moderato Cantabile, Molto Espressivo

8. Allegro Molto

9. Adagio ma non troppo


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