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Beethoven - Sonata no. 12 in A-flat major Op.26

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  1. harald

    harald Member Piano Society Artist

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    I recorded this piece two years ago. Not on one day - I needed several months. Even the variations in the first movement were recorded seperately. I joined them to have the first movement in one file.

    I hope you like it. Only one complete recording is on the site until now - maybe we'll have one more ;-)


    Beethoven - Sonata no. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26, I: Andante con Variazioni

    Beethoven - Sonata no. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26, II: Scherzo: Allegro molto

    Beethoven - Sonata no. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26, III: Marcia funebre

    Beethoven - Sonata no. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26, IV: Allegro
     
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    Hi Harald,

    Yes, now we have two of these on the site. :wink: Please check all links.

    Your playing sounded very nice to me. And this may be a ridiculous question, but I'm going to ask it, anyway: Do all 'funeral marches' have that same rhythm?
     
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    Hi Monica!

    The links are OK - thank you for your work! Do you have to edit the artist's page by hand or is this done automatically?

    I think I've played only two funeral marches. At least they had the same rhythm.


    Many greetings from germany,

    Harald
     
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    The list of recordings is automatic after we direct a link from the place where the file is, to your bio page. The words in the biography part of the page are usually pasted in. But it can be edited anytime. Just let me know if you would like something changed.
     
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    Very good! I particularly liked the 1st mov. In the last mov. the rhythm is a bit jagged, interrupting the pulse a bit too often for my taste. Otherwise your playing is very elegant - sometimes at the expense of drama, but that of course is a matter of taste. The funeral march certainly sounds sad, but hardly tragic.
     
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    hyenal New Member Piano Society Artist

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    I played this sonata, too (several years ago). I still remenber it was not so easy to play it, not only in interpreting, but also in technical aspect (esp. the second movement!!!). But you played it well.
    I agree with troglodyte that your performance is very elegant, but nealy always so soft and mild that one can't catch the sometimes subtle, sometimes very contrasting change of the atmosphere well.
    To the last variation of the first movement: I heard that the third notes in the "Triole" at the beginning of the variation are too loud. Is it your intention?
    But as a whole I enjoyed this beautiful sonata a lot, so thanks!
    The sound of recording is very nice. Could you tell me what kind of instrument or recording equipment you have?
     
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    Good to see you back Harald, with another quality recording. A very good achievement.

    There is little to criticize or dislike about your take on this sonata (which is one of my favourite Beethoven sonatas btw). It is all very tastefully and thoughtfully done, and sounds great (is it a digital instrument ?)

    Yes I do have one reservation. It all sounds so cautious ! I miss that essential sense of exuberance and even danger. You prefer to slow down in any place that may be a bit risky (and there are lots of risky places in any Beethoven sonata) instead of meeting the music head-on. Your tempi are rather slow and sedate, except in the finale but even then you throttle back when the music would need to press on. I can see why do do it, it makes for a note-perfect recording (if there any wrong notes, I did not hear them) but ultimately I would like a bit more excitement even at the expense of some imperfections.

    But once again, this is a quality recording.
     

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