Title - Beethoven: The Last Sonatas
Artist - Gerardo Teissonnière
For those unaware, regarded by international critics and audiences as an artist of extraordinary musicianship and rare sensibility and tracing his musical roots to Alfred Cortot, Artur Schnabel and Alexander Siloti, Gerardo Teissonnière brings to the concert stage an exciting amalgam of the diverse and important pianistic traditions he represents.
Transcendental, dramatic, melodic and stylistic elements are present in each of Beethoven’s final three transcendental piano sonatas, and Teissonnière delivers them and more, revealing lyrical, personal interpretations while maintaining faithfulness to the original sources and scores.
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
I. Vivace ma non troppo
III. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
II. Allegro molto
III. Adagio ma non troppo
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
II. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice cantabile
This quite mesmerizingly beautiful work of musical artistry (Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109) opens on the precisely ornate nature of Vivace ma non troppo, the sterner fare of Prestissimo and then comes the lushly orchestrated elegance of the near 15 minute Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo.
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 continues in much the same vein as the last recording with the delicate, gently perky musing of Moderato cantabile molto espressivo, the forthright muster of Moderato cantabile molto espressivo and then we get the veritable translucent gossamer of the 11 minute Adagio ma non troppo.
The last piece, Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111, opens on the hardy gusto, at times, airy and dulcet at others, work of Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato before Teissonnière rounds out the works with the gracefully intricate, and near 20 minute Arietta. Adagio molto semplice cantabile.
The drama, complex emotional charge, depth and range of expression in these works evoke the most poignant moments of the human experience in contemporary times, and have inspired a shared personal desire to convey messages of empathy, hope, gratitude, love and strength inherent in the music.
With this unique triptych, the last sonatas he wrote for any instrument, Beethoven extended the limits of musical and pianistic convention and imagination, introducing new technical and tonal elements to the instrument for which they were written and changing the traditional boundaries of the classical sonata form for future generations of composers.
Beethoven’s personal and physical challenges, along with historical events in his life, form an integral part of the existence of these sonatas, each with individual yet interrelated characteristics.
These three extraordinarily diverse works present us with some of the composer’s most beautiful, innermost, surprising, and transcendental musical expression.
Together, they comprise a transformative musical journey, one of the most challenging, enjoyable, and rewarding solo recital programs I take great pleasure in sharing with my audiences." - Gerardo Teissonnière
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