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PIANO SONATA NO. 14 "MOONLIGHT" IN C SHARP MINOR, OP. 27 NO. 2: I. ADAGIO SUSTEN | Music Services
Alessio Bax piano. A comprehensive new cycle of the Beethoven sonatas recorded live at London's Wigmore Hall during the pianist's epic fourth rendition of these masterpieces.
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Steven Osborne has been performing Beethoven live in concert for many years, always to great acclaim. The Moonlight Sonata was structurally and stylistically remarkable in its day. Most sonatas of the late 17th and early 18th centuries consisted of a reasonably animated, thematically well-defined first movement, a more-subdued second movement, and a vibrant final movement.
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The Moonlight , by contrast, offered a dreamy first movement, a somewhat more lively second movement, and a final movement that was outright tempestuous. Indeed, in the declining years of his hearing, Beethoven was known to play with a heavy hand, likely so that he could better hear the music. The subtitle reminds listeners that the piece, although technically a sonata , is suggestive of a free-flowing, improvised fantasia. Indeed, arpeggios—playing of the notes of a chord sequentially, which remains a common improvisational device in the 21st century—permeate all three movements of the Moonlight Sonata and ultimately generate the themes and motifs that form the foundation of the work.
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