A Recital: Jonathan Biss plays Beethoven Sonatas IIBack To Calendar
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BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, op. 49, no. 1
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 16 in G major, op. 31, no. 1
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, op. 10, no. 3
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, op. 2, no. 2
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, op. 110
Beethoven’s sonatas have been a force in the life of Jonathan Biss for nearly as long as he has played piano. Having embarked on a project last summer to play all thirty-two sonatas for the Aspen audience, the journey continues with this fifth recital. Like the 20th, the compact 19th Sonata was an early work published a decade later against Beethoven’s wishes. An early departure from the Classical style, the Sonata No. 16 is light and breezy with touches of irony and humor. The innovative Sonata No. 7 is famous for its sad and beautiful slow movement. Although dedicated to Haydn, the early Second Sonata goes far beyond him both harmonically and dramatically. "In the context of the last three piano sonatas, it is both a Passion and a Pietà," Claudio Arrau said about the Sonata No. 31. The extraordinary third movement culminates in a triumphant triple fugue.
See Biss play more Beethoven piano sonatas on August 1.