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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 9 / Biss


Release Date: 11/01/2019 
Label:  Orchid Classics   Catalog #: 100109  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jonathan Biss
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jonathan Biss concludes his nine-year, nine-volume exploration of Beethoven’s piano sonatas with a recording for our times, one that asks profound questions about mankind’s fragile existence. The final album in his critically acclaimed cycle, set for release on Orchid Classics, brings together three works that each stand as the last of a group of three sonatas. The American pianist begins with a masterwork of Beethoven’s early creative period, the Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10 No.3. Its stop-start finale, punctuated by silences, prefaces a compelling interpretation of the Sonata No.18 in E flat major, Op.31 No.3, a work that blends unsettling introspection and playful high spirits. Biss ends his Beethoven odyssey with the Sonata No.32 in C Read more minor Op.111, the composer’s farewell to the genre. “It is a beautiful irony that these pieces feature so many more questions than they do answers – that they offer so much more uncertainty than certainty,” observes Jonathan Biss in his eloquent essay for the album’s booklet. “It is especially fascinating given that this is Beethoven, of all people: a composer of unmatched inner conviction and intensity. And yet, ultimately, this music is as much about his vulnerability as it is about his strength.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jonathan Biss (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jonathan Biss (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jonathan Biss (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 

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