Alexandre Tharaud Piano
Alexandre Tharaud plays Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas in a concert paying tribute to the first master of modern piano.
From 1820 to 1822, Beethoven wrote three sonatas for the piano at the same time as the Missa Solemnis and the Ninth Symphony, highlighting the defining scope of these works of his mature years: he was only 50 in 1820, but his total deafness since he was 44 had taken him into a different world…This very introspective period was essential for Beethoven who was convinced that he was writing his last works for posterity more than for the Viennese public of his time.
The three sonatas, composed one after the other, contain both technical difficulties and a visionary dimension and, with time, they have become among the most highly valued piano works by the greatest pianists.
The profoundness of these masterpieces also come from the very strenuous context of their composition: Beethoven used a wooden stick grasped between his teeth, pressed on the piano’s body to feel its vibrations. In spite of all this, he carried his writing for the piano to an exceptional and monumental culmination, with striking gravity; his future successors, Liszt, Schumann and Chopin are then aged only 10 and Schubert is 23.
Alexandre Tharaud’s career has deployed beautifully over three decades making him one of the great pianists of our time. Beethoven has been a long-time companion: he played his work for Haneke’s film "Amour" (2012). Proposing this last Beethovenian cycle is both a confrontation of mature age (fifty) and a tribute to an absolute genius.
Alexandre Tharaud: Recital Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonatas op. 109, 110 et 111
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