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Beethoven – Piano Sonata “Hammerklavier” No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106

Beethoven’s greatest piano sonata. A monumental work, it encompasses a vast emotional soundscape; from the energetic triumphal feel of the opening movement to  the dark humour of the Scherzo, to the etheral, sorrowful Adagio, to the ending fugue, with its strange and elegiac atmosphere. Beethoven seems to be having a final few words…but we can’t quite understand what he’s saying.

Listening to this sonata feels like a life’s journey. It is affecting and powerful.

I have heard a few recordings of Hammerklavier, but noone comes anywhere near the emotive mastery of  Ronald Brautigam’s playing on a Paul Mc Naulty fortepiano.  Ronald is a virtuoso!

I. Allegro ( 0:00 )
II. Scherzo. Assai vivace ( 10:36 )
III. Adagio sostenuto (Appassionato e con molto sentimento) ( 13:02 )
IV. Largo – Allegro risoluto – Fuga a tre voci, con alcune licenze ( 28:51 )