Three sonatas outlining a progression from the despair of No 17 in D minor, Op 31 No 2 – written at the same time as the start of the famous ‘Heiligenstadt Testament’, when Beethoven’s realisation that his deafness was complete and permanent led him to contemplate suicide – via his courageous fightback, brilliantly expressed in the irrepressible optimism of the ‘Waldstein’, Op 53, towards the lofty spiritual aspirations of No 31 in A flat, Op 110.

Track Listing

  • Piano Sonata No 21 in C major, Op. 53 (‘Waldstein’)
    I. Allegro con brio

    II. Introduzione: Adagio molto

    Piano Sonata No 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 (‘Tempest’):
    I. Largo – Allegro
    II. Adagio

    Piano Sonata No 31 in A flat major, Op. 110:
    I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
    II. Allegro molto

    III. Adagio ma non troppo

    III. Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo