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Beethoven Sonata in E flat major Op. 31 No. 3

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  1. Vladimir Oppenheim

    Vladimir Oppenheim Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

    May 31, 2016
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    I am glad to share my recording of Beethoven's sonata.
    Thank you for listening.


    "Beethoven's third Sonata in E-flat Major is filled with a light cheerfulness, as it is the only one of his four-movement sonatas that does not have a slow movement. The beginning with upscending major chords seems to be a reference to the "Fidelio Overture". The last movement with the tempo indication "Presto con fuoco" clearly shows an Italian influence: it sounds like an operatic tarantella. “When one giant crowns the other” (Kurier) Beethoven’s opus of 32 piano sonatas, known as “the New Testament of piano music”, is a landmark in piano literature. Spanning Beethoven’s entire life, the sonatas reflect his whole development as a human being and a musician, moving from one century into the next, from one epoch in music in to another. With the sonatas “Pathétique”, “Moonshine”, “Waldstein”, “Appassionata”, “Hammerklavier” and the final sonata Op. 111, which was named the final of all sonatas in Thomas Mann’s “Doctor Faustus”, the cycle contains some of the most known piano pieces of all time"

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