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Offline stormx

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Favorite - NOT SO FAMOUS - Beethoven piano sonata
« on: February 14, 2005, 05:14:20 PM »
Hi !!

What is your favorite Beethoven piano sonata excluding the following list?

Pathetic
Moonlight
Appassionata
Tempest
Waldstein
Pastoral
Les Adieux
Hammerklavier
Op.110
Op.111

Unfortunately, i do not own a complete recording of the 32 piano sonatas (they are expensive), so i have not listened to ALL of them...

Sheet music to download and print: Sonatas by Beethoven



Offline Hmoll

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Re: Favorite - NOT SO FAMOUS - Beethoven piano sonata
«Reply #1 on: February 14, 2005, 05:40:30 PM »
Op 27#1, Op 10#3, Op54, Op101 - for a start.
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Re: Favorite - NOT SO FAMOUS - Beethoven piano sonata
«Reply #2 on: February 14, 2005, 06:39:04 PM »
Op. 2 No. 1 (F minor)
Op. 2 No. 3 (C major)
Op. 101 (A major)

Well, yes, the Pastoral has a name and all, but I think its symphony namesake is more popular than the piano sonata.  I don't think the latter is nearly as "famous" as the other sonatas with names.  In fact, I think Op. 10 No. 3 is more famous than the Pastoral.

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Re: Favorite - NOT SO FAMOUS - Beethoven piano sonata
«Reply #3 on: February 14, 2005, 07:23:39 PM »
Sonata #24 in F# (Op. 78)
Sonata #25 in G (Op. 79) -- perhaps more of a sonatina, but quite lovely I think.
Sonata #11 in B flat (Op. 22)
Sonata #12 in A flat (Op. 26)

These are all awesome!

Favorite pianists include Pollini, Casadesus, Mendl (from the Vienna Piano Trio), Hungerford, Gilels, Argerich, Iturbi, Horowitz, Kempff, and I suppose Barenboim (gotta love the CSO). Too many others.

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Re: Favorite - NOT SO FAMOUS - Beethoven piano sonata
«Reply #4 on: February 14, 2005, 07:29:21 PM »
Sonata num 27 in E minor by far, with Alfred Brendel of course.
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Re: Favorite - NOT SO FAMOUS - Beethoven piano sonata
«Reply #5 on: February 14, 2005, 07:39:18 PM »
op. 109
op. 31 no. 3
op. 27 no. 1

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Re: Favorite - NOT SO FAMOUS - Beethoven piano sonata
«Reply #6 on: February 14, 2005, 08:39:19 PM »
I think the E major op 109 is amazing, especially the breathtaking 2nd movement. It seems like Beethoven was trying a lot of new things in that sonata, developing the music in new and fascinating ways.

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Re: Favorite - NOT SO FAMOUS - Beethoven piano sonata
«Reply #7 on: February 14, 2005, 09:59:58 PM »
Op. 7 in E-flat
Op.26 in A-flat (the variations are lovely)
Op. 78 in F-sharp major
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Re: Favorite - NOT SO FAMOUS - Beethoven piano sonata
«Reply #8 on: February 14, 2005, 10:36:26 PM »
Op. 7 in E-flat
Op.26 in A-flat (the variations are lovely)
Op. 78 in F-sharp major


Wow, this is right on for me, but add the op. 109 and op. 10 no. 3 for a complete list.

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Re: Favorite - NOT SO FAMOUS - Beethoven piano sonata
«Reply #9 on: February 14, 2005, 10:49:30 PM »
op 7 and op 27 n1 are definately my favs
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Re: Favorite - NOT SO FAMOUS - Beethoven piano sonata
«Reply #10 on: February 15, 2005, 01:38:38 AM »
the 1st, it shows beethoven's earliest raw fury.

the finale is very inspired especially, a great show off for the left hand because it should be played AFAP in my opinion
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Re: Favorite - NOT SO FAMOUS - Beethoven piano sonata
«Reply #11 on: February 15, 2005, 10:41:33 PM »
I'm playing #24 in F-sharp Major, op. 78 right now. It's really good, it has a lot of the characteristics of the other late-middle sonatas, it's just shorter.

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Re: Favorite - NOT SO FAMOUS - Beethoven piano sonata
«Reply #12 on: February 15, 2005, 11:40:57 PM »
I'm playing #24 in F-sharp Major, op. 78 right now. It's really good, it has a lot of the characteristics of the other late-middle sonatas, it's just shorter.

I'm learning it right now, as well. Isn't it fantastic?
Favorite pianists include Pollini, Casadesus, Mendl (from the Vienna Piano Trio), Hungerford, Gilels, Argerich, Iturbi, Horowitz, Kempff, and I suppose Barenboim (gotta love the CSO). Too many others.

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Re: Favorite - NOT SO FAMOUS - Beethoven piano sonata
«Reply #13 on: February 16, 2005, 06:14:35 AM »
Op. 2 No. 1
Op. 2 No. 2
Opus 7
Opus 27 No. 1
Op. 90
Op. 101
Op. 109

Offline dmk

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Re: Favorite - NOT SO FAMOUS - Beethoven piano sonata
«Reply #14 on: February 17, 2005, 10:55:23 PM »
the 1st, it shows beethoven's earliest raw fury.

the finale is very inspired especially, a great show off for the left hand because it should be played AFAP in my opinion

With all due respect, doesn't Prestissimo by defination, mean as fast as possible, so, of course, it should be played AFAP??

I also love this sonata, it is another fav:) Actually being honest, they are all good!!
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Re: Favorite - NOT SO FAMOUS - Beethoven piano sonata
«Reply #15 on: February 18, 2005, 08:51:04 AM »
Op. 2 no. 1, Op. 2 no. 3 (the expansion of sonata form so early in his set of sonatas really strikes me.  It's like he took a leap after the second sonata...it's quite something to listen to Op. 2 in order just for the shock of the third sonata).  Op. 31, no. 3 "The Hunt" according to some and Op. 90 (my  personal favorite).

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Re: Favorite - NOT SO FAMOUS - Beethoven piano sonata
«Reply #16 on: February 19, 2005, 01:40:18 AM »
I'm learinng op.2 C-dur now. Its FANtastic!!!!!
Waldstein is great, too.
And I love violin-piano sonatas like Kreutzer
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Re: Favorite - NOT SO FAMOUS - Beethoven piano sonata
«Reply #17 on: February 19, 2005, 02:15:38 AM »
I'm learinng op.2 C-dur now. Its FANtastic!!!!!
Waldstein is great, too.
And I love violin-piano sonatas like Kreutzer
Yeah I also love op. 2 no. 3  It's definitely one of the more difficult ones, at least of the early sonatas, but worth learning it.