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    One word: Moonlight Sonata.
    Well, that counts as two words..hehe

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    Today, it's the Apassionata and the Waldstein.

    Yesterday was the Hammerklavier.

    I suggest you to visit the Guardian's blog, where you can download András Schiff lectures on Beethoven piano sonatas in Wigmore Hall. Don't miss this files, it's about 17 hours of Beethoven.

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    My favorites currently are also the 'Appassionata' and 'Waldstein' Sonatas.

    However, my absolute favorite movement is the vigorous 1st movement Grave - Allegro molto e con brio of the 'Pathetique'.

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    Hammerklavier, Waldstein and Mondschein. Definitely. And my favourite LvB sonata movement is Adagio sostenuto from the Hammerklavier. So depressively beautiful...
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    I'm on board (so to speak) with 4/4 player in advocacy of the Moonlight sonata. I really want to like the Hammerklavier sonata more, but I still prefer the former. I'm sure I need to have a few more auditions of the Hammerklavier, to give the piece every opportunity to grow on me.

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    The Tempest sonata is the one I listen to most often, part of my early introduction to classical music was watching this piece being explained and taught with much passion by someone on BBC4

    I play all the famous ones regularly though

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    Definetly the Apassionata for me.
    The Moonlight has got a bit boring for me cos I've listened to it so many times (however, the last movement never fails to please! Oh Yeah!)
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    Ok, sentimental point here. When I was a little tiny child, my father used to play the Pathetique on his gorgeous 100 year old Chickering grand piano. I remember my dog always came in and lay down next to the piano, sometimes howling at the scary parts. She only did it for that piece though, never blinked an eye at Mozart or Schubert or Khatchaturian. That dog just loved Beethoven.

    Now, every time I hear the Pathetique I think of my father and my dog (the dog's dead, but the father's still alive). It remains one of my favorite pieces of music to hear or try to play.

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    I've always loved Waldstein, les Adieux, and op. 31 no. 18 in E Flat Major (I'm not sure if it too has a name), but I think my all time favorite would have to be Waldstein.

    But that changes a lot, if I had seen this two weeks ago, I may have said Appassionata or Pathetique.. I guess with such deeply emotional music your favorite varies with your emotions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodley6453 View Post
    I've always loved Waldstein, les Adieux, and op. 31 no. 18 in E Flat Major (I'm not sure if it too has a name), but I think my all time favorite would have to be Waldstein.

    But that changes a lot, if I had seen this two weeks ago, I may have said Appassionata or Pathetique.. I guess with such deeply emotional music your favorite varies with your emotions.
    -Woodley
    I know exactly how you feel Woodley. I feel the same way.

    My favorite has toggled back and forth between the Waldstein/Appassionata for quite awhile now.

    Throw in The Tempest/Les Adieux and Pathetique in there too while were at it.

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    All those poor nameless sonatas...what's wrong with them? I think there should be a separate thread for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChamberNut View Post
    I know exactly how you feel Woodley. I feel the same way.

    My favorite has toggled back and forth between the Waldstein/Appassionata for quite awhile now.

    Throw in The Tempest/Les Adieux and Pathetique in there too while were at it.
    I saw The Tempest in here so much, I decided that perhaps I hadn't paid quite enough attention the first few times I listened to it, and so I just finished listening to it again, and I don't know why I missed it the first few times; it is fantastic.

    Opus67: I agree completely.
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    Hello all - first post here, so here goes

    I'm in no way an expert on such things but Sonata No. 31, op. 110 is my favourite, I simply love the way the fugal finale seems unfocused until it snatches a brief moment of lucidity before the moment is lost once more. Breathtaking!

    I do love the Tempest and Appassionata sonatas too!

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    Hammerklavier! Pathetique! Appassionata Sonata!

    All my sonatas rule
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    Im going to have to step away from the consensus and say No. 30. Nos 32, 23 and 12 are good too.

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