Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 16-18

Mari Kodama

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

The Sonatas Op. 31, which were composed during the years 1801/02, occupy a special place in Beethoven’s sonata oeuvre, as they mark a new beginning for the composer, which he described to his pupil Carl Czerny as follows: “I am not content with the work I have written so far. From now onwards, I want to tread a different path.” Op. 31 is a direct first result of this “different path” (even though the Sonatas Op. 26, 27 and 28 already clearly deviated in form, especially from the basic cyclical sonata model). Literature justly points out that – in Beethoven’s oeuvre – the Classical sonata model at the beginning of this phase had, in fact, come to an end. And, to the same degree, just as the all-embracing scheme from now onwards became increasingly individual, so the individual types of movement were also caught in the wake of the changes. For example, the first movement based on the sonata form, which so far had been considered a valid basis for a first movement,wasbrokenupstructurally without, however, rigorously doing away with the traditional foil. And the second theme, the first theme once again returns in the tonic; the second theme is then presented in the “forbidden” mediant of B major. Dur- ing the development, the first theme dominates; in the recapitulation, the second theme; after which the move- ment resolves itself successively in the Coda in its different segments. The slow movement makes an artifi- cial – although highly subtle – impres- sion due to its serenade-like elegance (or is this more like an aria?) with numerous ornaments. As far as form is concerned, Beethoven mixes ele- ments here from both the rondo and the sonata movement. 

Tracklist

1.
Beethoven Sonata No.16, Allegro vivace
06:33
2.
Beethoven Sonata No.16, Adagio grazioso
11:48
3.
Beethoven Sonata No.16, Rondo allegretto
07:10
4.
Beethoven Sonata No.17, Largo-Allegro
09:00
5.
Beethoven Sonata No.17, Adagio
08:00
6.
Beethoven Sonata No.17, Allegretto
06:37
7.
Beethoven Sonata No.18, Allegro
07:48
8.
Beethoven Sonata No.18, Scherzo
05:06
9.
Beethoven Sonata No.18, Menuetto
04:29
10.
Beethoven Sonata No.18, Presto con fuoco
04:59

Total time: 01:11:30

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Original Recording Format

Cables

van den Hul

Digital Converters

MeithnerDSD AD/DA

Composers

Microphones

DPA 4011 4006

Producer

Wilhelm Hellweg

Recording Engineer

Jean Marie Geijsen

Recording location

Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Merging

SKU

PTC5186063

Release Date May 5, 2015
SKU PTC5186063

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