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    Apoasionata played by Richter certainly one of my favourites. Astounding!

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    I love every note of the Waldstein (21 in C major). The final movement is almost too much beauty to bear. It's one of my top ten musical compositions.

    I had been put off these great sonatas by the popularising of themes from a couple of them and had never heard of 21 till the Seinfeld episode in which the gang attend a recital given by George's new girlfriend. George skites that she will be playing the Waldstein and the others affect to be impressed - "Oh, the Waldstein.". It all ends in tears, of course.
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    Kreutzer Sonata- Violin Sonata No. 9 and Waldstein

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    Pastoral #15 ............
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    Waldstein. Love Alfred Brendel.

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    Pathétique, Appassionata, and lately Waldstein (which I didn't realize was such a popular choice, it seems here) are among my favorites, but I love the whole set. They're all so good.

    My favorite cycle of them is Schnabel. I also like Kempff and Gilels, but lately it's Schnabel every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenspen View Post
    I love every note of the Waldstein (21 in C major). The final movement is almost too much beauty to bear. It's one of my top ten musical compositions.

    I had been put off these great sonatas by the popularising of themes from a couple of them and had never heard of 21 till the Seinfeld episode in which the gang attend a recital given by George's new girlfriend. George skites that she will be playing the Waldstein and the others affect to be impressed - "Oh, the Waldstein.". It all ends in tears, of course.
    If I remember correctly they actually played the pathetique, though.
    Guess they couldn't find an actor who could play the Waldstein.

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    That is funny. I love Seinfeld but haven't seen that episode in years. I love the random references to classical music they will sometimes throw in. There's an episode where George has a melody stuck in his head and Jerry compares it to when Schumann became obsessed with a single pitch and lost his mind.

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    My favourite would be op111 no32, its a piece with so much imagination, emotion and memories.
    op2 no1 is gorgeous.

    Within the named sonatas, I would pick Waldstein.

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    The hammerklavier and 111 for sure.

    But next in line, I'd say Op. 101 and Op. 22. Very underrated IMO.

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    I really like the opus 32 set lately, 16, 17, and 18. Glenn Gould kind of won me over on these works.

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    Pathetique and Les Adieux are my favorites

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    Cello Sonata no. 3 in C major, Op. 69

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    Piano Sonata no. 30 in E major, Op. 109

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    Op 109 and 110.
    Can't choose between them, contrasting though they are.

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