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Playlists for May 2-6: Beethoven and the Piano

200 years after the composition of Beethoven’s five piano concertos, they’re still the giants in the repertoire.  Join us for a concerto a day, plus some of his more intimate works for the instrument.

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Monday

Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op. 2 No. 1, I & II
Perahia, p.
Sony 64397
3:55, 4:40
Purchase

Beethoven: Concerto for Piano No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19
Cleveland Orchestra/Szell; Fleisher, p.
CBS 42445
27:28, 1:14
Purchase

Beethoven: Sonata for Piano No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, Pathétique, I
Ashkenazy, p.
Lon 410260
8:25
Purchase

Beethoven: Sonata for Piano No. 9 in E major, Op. 14 No. 1, I
Gould, p.
Sony 51638
3:13
Purchase

Tuesday

Beethoven: Sonata No. 11 in B-flat, Op. 22, III
Ohlsson, p.
Arab 6773
3:29, :56
Purchase

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
Concertgebouw/Wallberg; Argerich, p.
EMI 56974
:30, :25, 34:08
Purchase

Beethoven: Sonata for Piano No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No 2, Moonlight, I & III
Goode, p.
None 79328
12:28
Purchase

Wednesday

Beethoven: Concerto for Piano No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Royal Concertgebouw/ Haitink; Perahia, p.
CBS 39814
35:25, :44
Purchase

Beethoven: Sonata for Piano No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, Waldstein, I & III (excerpt)
Brendel, p.
Phil 412575
11:13, 4:07
Purchase

Thursday

Beethoven: Sonata for Piano No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, Appassionata, I
Ashkenazy, p.
Lon 425838
9:30
Purchase

Beethoven: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
CSO/Levine; Bredel, p.
Phil 456045
32:13
Purchase

Beethoven: Sonata for Piano No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78, I
Pommier, p.
Apex 48994
7:40
Purchase

Friday

Beethoven: Concerto for Piano No. 6 in D major, Op. 61, III
Sinfonia Varsovia/Menuhin; Duchable, p.
EMI 56875
10:26
Purchase

Beethoven: Concerto for Piano No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, Emperor
Berlin Phil/Leitner; Kempff, p.
DG 447402
38:20
Purchase

Beethoven: Sonata for Piano No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, Waldstein, II
Brendel, p.
Phil 412575
3:48
Purchase

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