Beethoven Unleashed - Piano Sonatas

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02Beethoven and the Influence of JS Bach20201020Donald Macleod and pianist Angela Hewitt explore Beethoven's admiration for J.S. Bach and how his study of Bach's music informed his piano sonatas, including the Pathétique.

As part of Composer of the Week's year-long focus on Beethoven, this week the world-renowned pianist Angela Hewitt chooses five contrasting aspects of the piano sonatas to discuss with Donald Macleod. In 2020, Hewitt reaches the end of her survey of Beethoven’s piano works with the last recording in her acclaimed series of his 32 piano sonatas. Begun in 2005, her Beethoven odyssey has been taken at a deliberately measured pace, to give ample space and time to reflect on each sonata, each recording being a testament to her deep understanding of Beethoven. Well known for her award-winning interpretation of Bach’s music, she brings that special insight to Beethoven’s profound admiration for the composer, after which she explores the humour Beethoven injects into his music, the composer’s ability to write cantabile or singing style and how Beethoven responded to the advancement of the piano.

Today Angela Hewitt and Donald Macleod discuss the elements in Beethoven's writing for the piano, which reflect his study of Bach.

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 3 in C major, Op 2 No 3
III: Scherzo
Angela Hewitt, piano

Bach: Partita No 2 in C minor, BWV 826 (excerpt)
1. Sinfonia
Angela Hewitt, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 8 in C minor, Op 13 (Pathétique)
I: Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio
Angela Hewitt, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 28 in A major, Op 101
IV: Allegro Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit
Angela Hewitt, piano

Bach: Fugue No 17 in A flat major, BWV 862 (excerpt)
Angela Hewitt, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 31 in A flat major, Op 110
III: Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo
Angela Hewitt, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 30 in E major, Op 109
III: Andante molto cantabile ed expressivo: Gesang mit innigster Empfindung
Alfred Brendel, piano

Producer: Johannah Smith for BBC Cymru Wales

Donald Macleod and pianist Angela Hewitt explore Beethoven's admiration for J.S. Bach.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

202001The Newcomer20201019Pianist Angela Hewitt shares her knowledge of Beethoven’s opus 2 trilogy of piano sonatas with Donald Macleod.

As part of Composer of the Week's year-long focus on Beethoven, this week the world-renowned pianist Angela Hewitt chooses five contrasting aspects of the piano sonatas to discuss with Donald Macleod. In 2020, Hewitt reaches the end of her survey of Beethoven’s piano works with the last recording in her acclaimed series of his 32 piano sonatas. Begun in 2005, her Beethoven odyssey has been taken at a deliberately measured pace, to give ample space and time to reflect on each sonata, each recording being a testament to her deep understanding of Beethoven. Well known for her award-winning interpretation of Bach’s music, she brings that special insight to Beethoven’s profound admiration for the composer, after which she explores the humour Beethoven injects into his music, the composer’s ability to write cantabile or singing style and how Beethoven responded to the advancement of the piano.

Angela Hewitt and Donald Macleod begin today with a look at the piano sonatas a young Beethoven wrote, freshly arrived in Vienna, starting with his opus 2 trilogy.

Piano Sonata No 1 in F minor, Op 2 No 1
I: Allegro
Angela Hewitt, piano

Piano Sonata No 2 in A major, Op 2 No 2
IV: Rondo: Grazioso
Angela Hewitt, piano

Piano Sonata No 3 in C major, Op 2 No 3 (1795)
II: Adagio
Artur Schnabel, piano

Piano Sonata No 3 in C major, Op 2 No 3
IV: Allegro assai
Angela Hewitt, piano

Piano Sonata No 7 in D major, Op 10 No 3
II: Largo e mesto
Angela Hewitt, piano

Produced by Johannah Smith for BBC Wales

Pianist Angela Hewitt discusses Beethoven's opus 2 piano sonatas with Donald Macleod.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

202002Beethoven And The Influence Of Js Bach20201020Donald Macleod and pianist Angela Hewitt explore Beethoven's admiration for JS Bach and how his study of Bach's music informed his piano sonatas, including the Pathétique.

As part of Composer of the Week's year-long focus on Beethoven, this week the world-renowned pianist Angela Hewitt chooses five contrasting aspects of the piano sonatas to discuss with Donald Macleod. In 2020, Hewitt reaches the end of her survey of Beethoven’s piano works with the last recording in her acclaimed series of his 32 piano sonatas. Begun in 2005, her Beethoven odyssey has been taken at a deliberately measured pace, to give ample space and time to reflect on each sonata, each recording being a testament to her deep understanding of Beethoven. Well known for her award-winning interpretation of Bach’s music, she brings that special insight to Beethoven’s profound admiration for the composer, after which she explores the humour Beethoven injects into his music, the composer’s ability to write cantabile or singing style and how Beethoven responded to the advancement of the piano.

Today Angela Hewitt and Donald Macleod discuss the elements in Beethoven's writing for the piano, which reflect his study of Bach.

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 3 in C major, Op 2 No 3
III: Scherzo
Angela Hewitt, piano

Bach: Partita No 2 in C minor, BWV 826 (excerpt)
1. Sinfonia
Angela Hewitt, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 8 in C minor, Op 13 (Pathétique)
I: Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio
Angela Hewitt, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 28 in A major, Op 101
IV: Allegro Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit
Angela Hewitt, piano

Bach: Fugue No 17 in A flat major, BWV 862 (excerpt)
Angela Hewitt, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 31 in A flat major, Op 110
III: Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo
Angela Hewitt, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 30 in E major, Op 109
III: Andante molto cantabile ed expressivo: Gesang mit innigster Empfindung
Alfred Brendel, piano

Donald Macleod and pianist Angela Hewitt explore Beethoven's admiration for JS Bach.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

202003The Art Of Cantabile20201021Donald Macleod and pianist Angela Hewitt celebrate Beethoven's ability to write expressive music, in the singing or cantabile style, with music including piano sonata no 27 in E minor and piano sonata no 28 in A major.

As part of Composer of the Week's year-long focus on Beethoven, this week the world-renowned pianist Angela Hewitt chooses five contrasting aspects of the piano sonatas to discuss with Donald Macleod. In 2020, Hewitt reaches the end of her survey of Beethoven’s piano works with the last recording in her acclaimed series of his 32 piano sonatas. Begun in 2005, her Beethoven odyssey has been taken at a deliberately measured pace, to give ample space and time to reflect on each sonata, each recording being a testament to her deep understanding of Beethoven. Well known for her award-winning interpretation of Bach’s music, she brings that special insight to Beethoven’s profound admiration for the composer, after which she explores the humour Beethoven injects into his music, the composer’s ability to write cantabile or singing style and how Beethoven responded to the advancement of the piano.

In today's conversation Angela Hewitt and Donald Macleod turn to the quieter moments in Beethoven's music, an area that Hewitt feels tends to be neglected in favour of the composer's heroic style.

Piano Sonata No 25 in G major, Op 79
II: Andante
Angela Hewitt, piano

Piano Sonata No 11 in B flat major, Op 22
II: Adagio con molta espressione
Angela Hewitt, piano

Piano Sonata No 27 in E minor, Op 90
II: Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen
Wilhelm Kempff, piano

Piano Sonata No 28 in A major, Op 101
I: Allegretto ma non troppo
Angela Hewitt, piano

Piano Sonata No 16 in G major, Op 31 No 1
II: Adagio grazioso
Angela Hewitt, piano

Piano Sonata No 8 in C minor, Op 13 (Pathétique)
II: Adagio con espressione
Angela Hewitt, piano

Donald Macleod and pianist Angela Hewitt celebrate the expressive moments in Beethoven.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

202004Beethoven And Humour20201022Pianist Angela Hewitt joins Donald Macleod to discuss the humour to be found and enjoyed in Beethoven's piano music, with some of Hewitt's favourite examples, including his Sonata No 18 in E flat.

As part of Composer of the Week's year-long focus on Beethoven, this week the world-renowned pianist Angela Hewitt chooses five contrasting aspects of the piano sonatas to discuss with Donald Macleod. In 2020, Hewitt reaches the end of her survey of Beethoven’s piano works with the last recording in her acclaimed series of his 32 piano sonatas. Begun in 2005, her Beethoven odyssey has been taken at a deliberately measured pace, to give ample space and time to reflect on each sonata, each recording being a testament to her deep understanding of Beethoven. Well known for her award-winning interpretation of Bach’s music, she brings that special insight to Beethoven’s profound admiration for the composer, after which she explores the humour Beethoven injects into his music, the composer’s ability to write cantabile or singing style and how Beethoven responded to the advancement of the piano.

Piano Sonata No 10 in G major, Op 14 No 2
II: Andante
Angela Hewitt, piano

Piano Sonata No 16 in G major, Op 31 No 1
I: Allegro vivace
Angela Hewitt, piano

Piano Sonata No 6 in F major, Op 10 No 2
III. Presto
Richard Goode, piano

Piano Sonata No 18 in E flat major, Op 31 No 3
Angela Hewitt, piano

Donald Macleod and pianist Angela Hewitt discuss the humour in Beethoven's piano music.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

202005Beethoven The Innovator20201023Donald Macleod and pianist Angela Hewitt examine how Beethoven incorporated the technical advances made in the manufacture of the piano in his writing for the instrument, including the Hammerklavier.

As part of Composer of the Week's year-long focus on Beethoven, this week the world-renowned pianist Angela Hewitt chooses five contrasting aspects of the piano sonatas to discuss with Donald Macleod. In 2020, Hewitt reaches the end of her survey of Beethoven’s piano works with the last recording in her acclaimed series of his 32 piano sonatas. Begun in 2005, her Beethoven odyssey has been taken at a deliberately measured pace, to give ample space and time to reflect on each sonata, each recording being a testament to her deep understanding of Beethoven. Well known for her award-winning interpretation of Bach’s music, she brings that special insight to Beethoven’s profound admiration for the composer, after which she explores the humour Beethoven injects into his music, the composer’s ability to write cantabile or singing style and how Beethoven responded to the advancement of the piano.

In their final conversation, Donald Macleod and Angela Hewitt discuss how bigger pianos gave Beethoven full rein to write music which was completely modern in its time.

Piano Sonata No 23 in F minor (Appassionata), Op 57
I: Allegro assai
Angela Hewitt, piano

Piano Sonata No 17 in D minor (Tempest), Op 31 No 2
II: Adagio
Angela Hewitt, piano

Piano Sonata No 29 in B flat major (Hammerklavier), Op 106
I: Allegro
Paul Lewis, piano

Piano Sonata No 26 in E flat major (Les adieux), Op 81a
II: Abwesenheit (absence): Andante espressivo
III: Das Wiedersehen (reunion): Vivacissimamente
Angela Hewitt, piano

Donald Macleod and Angela Hewitt examine Beethoven's use of advances in the piano.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.