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Beethoven: 6 Bagatelles & Piano Sonatas Nos. 31 & 32

Yevgeny Sudbin

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Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110  
I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Yevgeny Sudbin
II. Allegro molto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Yevgeny Sudbin
III. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Yevgeny Sudbin
Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111  
I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
Ludwig van Beethoven; Yevgeny Sudbin
II. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
Ludwig van Beethoven; Yevgeny Sudbin
6 Bagatelles, Op. 126  
No. 1, Andante con moto, cantabile e con piacevole
Ludwig van Beethoven; Yevgeny Sudbin
No. 2, Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Yevgeny Sudbin
No. 3, Andante, cantabile ed espressivo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Yevgeny Sudbin
No. 4, Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Yevgeny Sudbin
No. 5, Quasi allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Yevgeny Sudbin
No. 6, Presto - Andante amabile e con moto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Yevgeny Sudbin
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Total Playing Time    61:42
Yevgeny Sudbin has previously recorded Beethoven’s piano concertos – releases which have received international acclaim, for instance on the website ClassicsToday.com: ‘A Beethoven experience you will not want to miss.’

For his first album featuring solo works by Beethoven, Sudbin has chosen the two final sonatas and the Six Bagatelles, Op. 126 – late works written between 1821 and 1824, just a couple of years before the composer’s death. There are numerous anecdotes that testify to the fact that Beethoven was highly temperamental. But in his liner notes to this album, Sudbin writes of another, contrasting side to the composer: "warmth, generosity and wisdom – with unexpected outbursts of cheeky humour – are also unmistakably among Beethoven’s qualities and particularly evident in the works on this recording".

If Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas form one of the most important collections of works in the history of music, then the final ones belong to his crowning achievements. Various musicians and musicologists have commented on them, hearing a hard-won triumph of the spirit in the great fugue of the final movement of Op. 110, and interpreting Op. 111 – and especially its second movement, the famous Arietta – as a last farewell. The set of Bagatelles was composed only months after Beethoven had completed his monumental Ninth Symphony. It became the last work for piano to be published in his lifetime, and together the six brief pieces form a distillate of a lifetime of writing for and playing the piano.
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