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Andreas Haefliger plays Beethoven Op.31

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer Andreas Haefliger
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2607 SACD
EAN 7318599926070
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jan 2022
Total time 70'28


Since 2004, Andreas Haefliger has been presenting Perspectives, a series of recital programmes, in concert and on recordings. Each programme focusses on one or two Beethoven sonatas, juxtaposed with works by other composers which in some way interact with Beethoven’s music and with each other. Now, for his latest release on BIS, Haefliger has instead opted for an all-Beethoven recital, choosing to present the composer’s three &&&sonatas Op. 31 as a group.
In his introduction to the disc, Haefliger describes the set as occupying ‘a very special place in the Beethoven sonata cycle: It preserves a link to the past but gives us also a vision of the works to come, exploring humour and tenderness, nature and the psychology of the human mind.’ The recording took place in the Salle de Musique in La Chaux-de-Fonds, celebrated for its superb acoustics, on a Bechstein concert grand which Haefliger describes as ‘a piano which, while a modern instrument, retains a nostalgic quality in its sound world and was a constant source of inspiration during the sessions.’
 
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  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31 No. 1 24'04
01 I. Allegro vivace 6'17
02 II. Adagio grazioso 10'52
03 III. Rondo 6'55
 
  Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2, "Der Sturm" 22'50
04 I. Largo - Allegro 8'40
05 II. Adagio 7'55
06 III. Allegretto 6'15
 
  Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op.31 No. 3 23'30
07 I. Allegro 8'45
08 II. Scherzo 4'51
09 III. Menuetto 4'55
10 IV. Presto con fuoco 4'59
 
  Album total 70'28
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
PianoHaefliger, Andreas

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