This CD presents Beethoven's immortal Appassionata sonata in three separate performances on different instruments, all played by virtuoso keyboardist, Lambert Orkis. Beethoven himself regarded the f minor sonata to be his finest sonata at the time that he wrote it (1805), and Carl Czerny, a student of Beethoven's points out that whatever considerable powers a pianist needed for Beethoven's sonatas prior to this composition, this work required the doubling of those abilities. When Beethoven composed the Appassionata, a consensus regarding how a piano should sound had not been achieved. Indeed, the instrument was in the throes of a rapid evolutionary development. The three instruments used in this recording are based uponRead more Viennese piano building designs and represent three snapshots in time of Viennese piano evolution, Fortepiano by Thomas and Barbara Wolf, after a Nannette Streicher (ca. 1814-1820),Bosendorfer Imperial Concert Grand, Fortepiano by R.J. Regier, after Viennese instruments ca. 1830. Lambert Orkis has received international recognition as chamber musician, interpreter of contemporary music, and performer on period instruments. He has appeared world-wide in recital with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter since 1988 and with cellist Mstislav Rostropovich since 1983. A multi-Grammy Award nominee, his large discography comprises works of the Classical, Romantic and Modern eras. Mr. Orkis can be heard on the following Bridge CDs: George Crumb: A Little Suite for Christmas; Richard Wernick: Sonata Reflections of a Dark Light (BRIDGE 9003); Richard Wernick: Piano Concerto (BRIDGE 9082); Richard Wernick: Piano Sonata No. 2; James Primosch: Sonata-Fantasia (BRIDGE 9131). Read less
Works on This Recording
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"by Ludwig van Beethoven
Lambert Orkis (Piano)
Period: Classical Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria Notes: The sonata is performed three times and three different instruments.