Beethoven Sonatas Op. 53, Op. 54, and Op. 57 / Adam Sonata Op. 8 No. 2 / Steibelt Sonata Op. 64
Double CD and booklet (136 pages), published by EPR-Classic
In 1803 Beethoven received a piano from Erard Frères in Paris. Why had he been so keen to own a French instrument and how did it inspire him, both as a pianist and a composer? The answer may lie in these performances on a new replica of Beethoven’s French piano, created as part of a unique research project. Placing the iconic “Waldstein” and “Appassionata” sonatas alongside equally grand pieces by two of his Parisian contemporaries, they reveal an unfamiliar French aspect to Beethoven’s genius.
CD 1 – Louis Adam Op. 8 No. 2 / Ludwig van Beethoven Op. 53 (“Waldstein”)
CD 2 – Beethoven Op. 54 and Op. 57 (“Appassionata”) / Daniel Steibelt Op. 64
The 136-page booklet includes an extensive essay by the artist and an interview with the piano maker, as well as a personal code that allows online streaming of exclusive audio and video offerings.
More info: www.beethovenerard.com