Sonata no. 8 op. 13 "pathetique" (Ludwig van Beethoven)
I first listened to it on my electric keyboard (all 3 movements) and it was so far the 2nd to best song (there's no such as first :/) I've ever heard.
My 2nd most liked to 2nd least liked movements are listed:
2: first movement
3: second movement
4: third movement
which surprisingly is in the order they are presented. The part where towards the end of the repeat when the allegro speed is introduced in the first movement is my favorite, the right hand moving up and the left hand moving down.
"This well-written sonata is called Pathetique with justification, since it certainly has a passionate character. The A-flat major Adagio, which should never be played in a dragging style, is filled with beautifully-flowing melodiousness and also with modulation and good movement. The soul is wrapped in calm and comfort. From this it is re-awakened by the Rondo's first Allegro note, so that the main feeling on which the sonata is based is carried through. This gives the sonata unity and inner life and thus real aesthetic value.
It is known that the Viennese public shows much enthusiasm for music and warmly supports it. It must be pleased that it can call many excellent artists their own. Herr van Beethoven is one of these, and we hope that he will enrich us with many more products of his genius and diligence."
Thanks for posting that "Waldstein". Phew what a tempo! It's a piece I must have heard hundreds of times but with each interpretation something new is brought out in it. The fertility of the guy's imagination (LvB's) is astounding.
I will be checking out more Brautigam versions.
Brautigam and Mustonen seem to have complimentary imaginations. In recent years their interpretations, while both deviating from 'central', take interesting paths. I can represent them graphically as the outer tines of a hayfork, modified to have sloping 'shoulders'.
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