Wilde plays Beethoven

David Wilde (piano)

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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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