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documentary Barenboim on Beethoven 11: Beethoven’s Last Sonata I A film by Christopher Nupen

A film by Christopher Nupen

Barenboim on Beethoven 11: Beethoven’s Last Sonata I A film by Christopher Nupen

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If we had never heard Beethoven’s music before and decided to look at his final piano sonata, Op. 111, alongside his very first, we would be floored by the differences in tonal and formal expansiveness, motivic spontaneity, and compositional architecture—it might even seem unbelievable that the works had come from the pen of one composer. But Barenboim, having already taken us through middle-period Beethoven—the "Waldstein," the "Appasionata", the Eroica—argues that the “unmistakable quality” of the late works represents “a logical development of his whole life’s work.” This chapter of Barenboim on Beethoven focuses on the final sonata’s first movement, “some of the tensest music he ever wrote” in which he proves himself “a master of small forms.”

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Cast

  • Carlos Villa | Violinist
  • Kenneth Moore | Violinist
  • Herbert Downes | Violist
  • Norman Jones | Cellist

Program

  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in B flat Major, Op. 130
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125
    • 1. Allegro ma non troppo
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Bagatelles, Op. 119
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
    • 1. Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato

Details

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  • Production date: 2020
  • Recording date: 1970
  • Duration: 25 min
  • Production: © Allegro Films
  • Available version(s): EN
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