BEETHOVEN Sonatas Opp. 78, 81a, 90, 101 Penelope Crawford, fortepiano – Digital Download

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Penelope Crawford presents a program of four of Beethoven’s most important transitional sonatas, bridging the gap between his “middle” and “late” periods. Composed against the backdrop of Napoleonic Europe and Metternich’s Congress of Vienna, these four works chart Beethoven’s growth as a composer in a rapidly changing world. As with her first Beethoven sonata recording (opp. 109 – 11, Musica Omnia MO 0308), a splendid fortepiano by the great Viennese builder, Conrad Graf, is used here, similar to one of the last pianos owned by Beethoven, also by Conrad Graf.

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Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Performing artists: Penelope Crawford

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Release date: November 25, 2014

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Track Listing:

Sonata no. 25 in F sharp major, op. 78
1 Adagio cantabile –
Allegro ma non troppo
2 Allegro vivace

Sonata no. 26 in E flat major,
op. 81a “Les Adieux”
3 Adagio – Allegro
4 Andante espressivo – Vivacissimamente

Sonata no. 27 in E minor, op. 90
5 Mit lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
6 Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen

Sonata no. 28 in A major, op. 101
7 Etwas lebhaft, und mit der innigsten Empfindung
8 Lebhaft. Marschmässig
9 Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll – Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr; und mit Entschlossenheit

The Romantics 21
BEETHOVEN Sonatas Opp. 78, 81a, 90, 101

Penelope Crawford, fortepiano

Configuration: Digital Download (320 kbps MP3)
Available: February, 2015
Recorded: May 7 – 8, 2013 (opp. 78, 101); April 28 – 30, 2014 (opp. 81a, 90)
Booklet: 16 Page
• Second release by Penelope Crawford in her distinguished survey of Beethoven’s greatest sonatas.
• Original fortepiano by Conrad Graf, similar to Beethoven’s last piano.
• World-class recording by master engineer, Joel Gordon.
• Detailed booklet notes by Peter Watchorn, producer.

The Romantics
A revolution in art and literature swept through Europe and by the early 1800’s Romanticism dominated the musical
landscape. Such figures as Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Brahms exemplified the ideals yet maintained highly individual
approaches. Now, our finest historically informed musicians and scholars present this incomparable repertoire in a series
destined to become an essential part of every serious music lover’s collection.

BEETHOVEN Sonatas Opp. 78, 81a, 90, 101 Penelope Crawford, fortepiano – Digital Download was last modified: June 10th, 2015 by Burke Thompson