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Ludwig Van Beethoven Early Piano Sonatas from Wien, played by Ronald Brautigam on fortepiano.

Beethoven’s Opus 2 piano sonatas.

12:05-16:08  is one of my favourite parts! It’s so him, could not be anyone else’s music! Very exciting! I must also comment on 49:47- 57:20-  one of his most beautiful melodies ever- so haunting and sad.

Here is  part of the wikipedia article on this sonata, Op. 2, No. 3, often seen as his first virtuosic piano sonata :

The second movement is marked Adagio and written in the key of E Major. This is written in the style of a string quartet, as there are four clear voices. The middle section, in E minor, contains numerous examples of Romanticism, and is considered a prelude to the master’s later sonatas. This is perhaps one of the most beautifully written slow movements by Beethoven.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano_Sonata_No._3_%28Beethoven%29

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