Beethoven Op. 109

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Belle
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Beethoven Op. 109

Post by Belle » Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:44 pm

Forgive me; I labour the point about this astonishing work and am about to do it again. The minute - the very minute - I hear a single phrase from this piano sonata I am transported instantly to "the zone". Music-lovers here with understand what I mean by 'the zone'; it's a place where you cannot be reached because of immersion in something way beyond the quotidian.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JZGiY--2LM

And here's Andras Schiff talking about Beethoven's use of trills in Op. 109.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3TYv7kZI44

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Re: Beethoven Op. 109

Post by Rach3 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:27 pm

Agreed. For me , depending on the day, the greatest LvB piano sonatas are Opa. 109,110.

Here is one of my favs of Op.109,perhaps my fav, Anton Kuerti's recording :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maxFMtZYJ58
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRWWLXTzMd0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_PWxIHSpgM

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Re: Beethoven Op. 109

Post by Rach3 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:33 pm

And Ashkenazy , early 80's on Decca !! :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1DXX3gIzkM&t=14s

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Re: Beethoven Op. 109

Post by Belle » Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:59 pm

The Kuerti is wonderful; there's a closeness and intimacy between the left and right hand in that glorious, final movement that you don't hear so much with others. Spaciousness is what usually informs that separation of the hands, but I think the Kuerti works because I haven't heard it like that before.

And something that also affects me on the most basic level about this work; reading the score as I listen and noting its dedicatee. A rather inconsequential female whose name is immortalized thanks to one of the greatest works of art in western music!! That moves me ineffably.

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Re: Beethoven Op. 109

Post by Lance » Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:12 am

Sue (Belle), what intereseting comments you make about the music you love. Indeed, the Op. 109/Beethoven does exactly as you say. There have been many superb recordings of this piece by myriad pianists too many to name. But I single out one performed by the exceptional British pianist, Dame MYRA HESS, who recorded this in the days of mono recording. She plays the work in a most spiritual manner.

http://www.arkivmusic.com/graphics/cove ... 406398.jpg
EMI/Warner Classics [63787], re-released in 2010.

The Austrian-Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti is another favourite. His Op. 109 is on Analekta [2015] and thankfully still available. Fortunately, there are so many wonderful renditions of this work - indeed the last three of Beethoven's magnificent sonatas.

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