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Piano Sonata No 21 in C major, Op. 53 (‘Waldstein’): I. Allegro con brio (MP3) 0:10:48
III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato – Prestissimo (MP3) 0:10:12
Piano Sonata No 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 (‘Tempest’): I. Largo – Allegro (MP3) 0:10:33
Piano Sonata No 31 in A flat major, Op. 110: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo (MP3) 0:08:43
III. Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo – (MP3) 0:07:06
Three sonatas outlining a progression from the despair of No 17 in D minor, Op 31 No 2 – written at the same time as the start of the famous ‘Heiligenstadt Testament’, when Beethoven’s realisation that his deafness was complete and permanent led him to contemplate suicide – via his courageous fightback, brilliantly expressed in the irrepressible optimism of the ‘Waldstein’, Op 53, towards the lofty spiritual aspirations of No 31 in A flat, Op 110.
‘Wilde brings maturity to his treatment of the “Sonata No. 17 in D minor”: the melancholy fatalism of the adagio is alleviated by his thoughtful touch. And there’s a brilliant momentum to the opening allegro of the “Sonata No. 21 in C”, which is replaced by the almost completely static Adagio Molto, which hangs like a sea-mist through which the concluding Rondo is approached. Superb’
— The Independent, March 2011, FIVE STARS
- Physical format: Jewel case
- Number of discs: 1
- Number of tracks: 10
- Total playing time: 1:13:45
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