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András Schiff
Ludwig van Beethoven
The Piano Sonatas
Volume VI
Sonatas opp. 54, 57, 78, 79 and 81a

András Schiff piano
 
Sonata No. 22 F major op. 54 (1804)
In Tempo d’un Menuetto
Allegretto

Sonata No. 23 f minor op. 57 (1804-06)
"Appassionata"
Dedicated to Count Franz von Brunsvik
Allegro assai
Andante con moto
Allegro ma non troppo

Sonata No. 24 F-sharp major op. 78 (1809)
"à Thérèse"
Dedicated to Countess Therese von Brunsvik
Adagio cantabile – Allegro ma non troppo
Allegro vivace

Sonata No. 25 G major op. 79 (1809)
Presto alla tedesca
Andante
Vivace

Sonata No. 26 E-flat major op. 81a (1809-10)
"Les Adieux"
Dedicated to Archduke Rudolph of Austria
Das Lebewohl. Adagio - Allegro
Abwesenheit. Andante espressivo
Das Wiedersehen. Vivacissimamente

Concert recording April 2006
ECM New Series 1947
 
Background

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Andras Schiff’s landmark Beethoven cycle, recorded live in Zürich’s Tonhalle, now reaches its sixth volume with music written between 1804 and 1810, including the celebrated “Appassionata” op. 57 is preceded by the F-major Sonata Op. 54 whose mood is, as Schifff notes, partly song-like, party heavily accented. The Op 78 Sonata takes us into a very lyrical as well as a capriciously playful world. The sonata Op.79 is incisive and extrovert and the “Les Adieux” Sonata “presents us with a wonderful portrayal of a spiritual state between farewell, absence and joyful reunion.”