Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, also known as “Appassionata” is among the most famous works written during the period called “Heroic” by the German composer. The piece is structured in three movements by the explosive melodies that the French writer Romain Rolland qualified as “a fire stream in a granitic riverbed”. Consequently, this Sonata is considered as the best musical portrait of Beethoven’s psyche. On medici.tv, you can find some of the best interpretations of this masterpiece: by Behzod Abduraimov during the Verbier Festival 2016 and by the great Beethoven specialist Claudio Arrau, who plays this sonata in this excellent archive video.
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Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata” is one of the most famous sonatas of Beethoven’s “Heroic” period, together with the Sonata No. 21 “Waldstein” and the Sonata No. 26 “The Farewell”. It was not Beethoven who decided to call his Sonata No. 23 “Appassionata”, but it was his editor’s choice. And Beethoven could not help but approve of it! Some of the best pianists in the world have played this masterpiece by the German composer, and on medici.tv, you can find some of these incredible interpretations: Lang Lang, Daniel Barenboim, George Li, Louis Lortie… We also have a master class including this renowned Beethoven’s Sonata No. 23 “Appassionata”, with András Schiff! Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata” has also been echoed in popular music, since the famous French singer Serge Gainsbourg took inspiration from it to write the theme of his song Ma Lou Marilou in 1977.