Beethoven, Sonatas Vol. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven, Sonatas Vol. 2

Daniel Heide

Label: CAvi
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085534937
Catalog number: AVI 8553493
Releasedate: 23-09-22

- DANIEL HEIDE is a German pianist of the current Generation, and almost worldwide known as one of the best chamber music and Lied partners

- He discovered singers like Katherina Konradi, Andrè Schuen, Konstantin Krimmel – all world class artists

- NOW – as a result of his pandemic coping, he discovered his love (back from his studies) for solo repertoire and especially Beethoven. He released his Vol I in 2021. This year the Vol. II comes with the three sonatas with “names”: Pastorale, Moonlight and Marcia funebre. A new Beethoven player is born.

I and the „Middle“ Ones
Result to cope with the pandemic

When I first heard Beethoven’s Sonata No. 15 in D Major, op. 28, the “Pastoral”, it immediately conquered my heart. The swaying, deeply resounding, velvety bass notes and the tender theme in the right hand continue to produce a melodious sense of well-being in me to this day. A series of slow, melodious arches alternating with incisive, characteristic insertions create the general mood in the first movement.

Then the entire second movement is pervaded by a relentless staccato figure in the left hand: these tranquil sixteenth notes, with their metronomical precision, provide a guiding framework for the right hand’s dignified theme. In the middle section, we are surprised by the onset of a harlequinesque alternation between dotted chords and whimsical triplets in the right hand, which lasts until the initial main theme and its accurately pulsating left-hand accompaniment call everyone back to order. In the last section, Beethoven accelerates the theme to thirty-second note runs – leading to a culmination before the music suddenly becomes quiet and the movement fades out in tranquil transcendence.

In the scherzo we are confronted with an accurate, reactive joy of music-making combined with an outgoing sense of humor, and the same variety of pulsating playing pleasure is likewise prolonged throughout the last movement. This is not a furious finale, but a mischievous, swaying Rundgesang (stanza-and-refrain) with an affectionate rondo theme that returns again and again. A breakneck coda in Presto time allows the soloist to conclude this grand sonata with bravura. I still well remember my admission exam for the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar in 1996. My programme included Beethoven’s “Pastoral” sonata; the jury allowed me to play portions of all movements, and I was admitted!
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