Category Archives: Recording
A sonata that has been with me for a while – I first learned this when I was studying at Liverpool University and it has always been a favourite to play and to admire from a compositional perspective. Beethoven use … Continue reading
Inspired by the idea of ascending into heaven following a good life. Recorded using Logic Pro X, E-Instruments Grand Piano S, Spirfire Audio LABS, and some default sound included with Logic.
The second of the Op. 14 set focuses on Rhythmic redirection particularly in the first and third movements. Where is the first beat of the bar? The lister feels like they know for all to be corrected a few bars … Continue reading
The first of two works published after the groundbreaking Op. 13 sonata sees a return to some more familiar forms of pianistic expression. The E major sonata is largely bright and comfortable sounding – more clearly designed to be performed … Continue reading
Drama and the greatest possible contrast within the same thematic ideas can begin to express the first movmemnt of the Op. 13 C minor sonata of 1789. It is my understanding that Beethoven even approved of the Pathétique title, something … Continue reading
This work is big! Can a fortepiano of the day do it justice? A relatively modern instrument struggles at points with this although a modern grand would probably be more convincing of the score with its dynamic range and dense … Continue reading
This work is a real joy to play although pretty challenging. I began work on this sonata late 2018 and this performance is from May 2019. The whole sonata feels like a concerto but without orchestra. The piano taking on … Continue reading