Ludwig van Beethoven. Works for solo piano.
Hello and welcome to Naxos podcast I'm Raymond Boucher. In this podcast, I'll give you an introduction to Beethoven's music for Solo Keyboard. He wrote enough. Keyboard Music to fill twenty albums so this is necessarily a brief introduction. But along the way. I'll give you a few comments and stories about the history surrounding the music. The music itself while it speaks for itself and doesn't need explanation for me. Here's a bit more of the second. Movement of Sonata Number Twenty seven with pianist Geno Yondo. Beethoven once wrote. Music is a higher revelation. All wisdom and philosophy music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives thinks and invents. And if anyone has written music, that is a revelation. It's Beethoven. He pushed music further than anyone before him, the emotional depth the musical ideas. And this is particularly true in his thirty two piano Sonatas. And some of the other pieces he wrote for pianos well. He explored the musical universe through the instrument. He knew best the piano. Here's the opening of his Sonata Number Twenty one titled The Vault Stein because. It is dedicated to count feldstein one of Beethoven's early patrons when he was still living in Bonn Germany. India. Several of Beethoven, Sonatas, have titles or names beyond the key and their number. There's the volt Stein's, and of course and the Hammer Clavier, and sometimes these titles had nothing to do with Beethoven. Take his piano Sonata. Number Fourteen Beethoven wrote in the Music Sonata, quasi owner, fantasia, or Sonata, almost a fantasy, which is straightforward enough. It wasn't until five years after Beethoven's death that German. Music critic said parts of the Sonata reminded him of Moonlight Shining on Lake Lucerne. and. It became the Moonlight Sonata and whether or not that name makes sense. It stuck. Here is a bit of the final movement of that Sonata fast and honestly not very moonlighting. That was from Beethoven's Piano Sonata. Number, fourteen. His Piano Sonata Number Twelve was composed sometime around eighteen o one, and it's dedicated to Prince Karl. Von Leash Noski who had been Beethoven's patron for five years at that point, he even provided Beethoven with an annual income. Beethoven wrote that Listener Ski was one of my most loyal friends and promoters of my art. Beethoven Unleash Noski ended up having a huge argument which put an end to their friendship. But here's the opening of piano. Sonata number, twelve back when Beethoven. The prints were still friends. The pianist is Hungarian pianist Geno Yondo. That was from Piano Sonata, number twelve. Composed his Piano Sonata Number Twenty at about the same time as he composed sonatas foreign five, but he didn't publish it until much later, so it was given a much higher number. This is the kind of confusion that keeps musicologists awake at night. The rest of us get to sleep well and enjoy the music. From that Sonata here's the beginning of the first movement. There are several different definitions of the word Bagatelle. It can be something of little value or importance a trifle as some people sometimes say a mere Bagatelle. Or can be short and like musical composition typically for the piano. Over the years, Beethoven published twenty six Bagatelles, and while they may be short and light. They're definitely more than a trifle. Here is a bit of bagatelle number one in e flat major once again. Yondo is the pianist. Beethoven's Bagatelles number one. The pianist featured in this podcast. Is You know Yondo? All the recordings featured in this podcast, and all of my Beethoven podcasts this year. are included in a giant Beethoven box from access ninety albums with over one hundred hours of music. It's the really really complete Beethoven. Enough listening for a lifetime. The catalog number for that box is eight point five zero zero to five zero. To go out here is the ending of Beethoven's Rondo Capriccio, so in g major, which has the title rage over a lost penny? But it's not real rage. It's more like mock anger. As Robert Schumann once wrote. It would be difficult to find anything merrier then this piece it is the most amiable and harmless anger, and here's how it sounds once again with Geno Yondo at the keyboard.