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Beethoven 250th Birthday Recital - April 2020
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We are celebrating Beethoven's 250th Birthday with an online recital! Links to the recordings are in the posts following this one. Please refrain from commentary in this thread. Take any and all comments to the General Discussion Thread for this recital.

Thank you!

In addition to the recordings below, and the zip files linked below, we have an online streaming player. Just click on the link to hear all the recital pieces without having to download the zip files:

Streaming Player

For the convenience of forum members, we also have a collection of zip files. This makes it easier to create personal CDs and playlists.

These zip files have been posted at the following URLs:

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And here is the index to past recitals:

ABF Recital Index

Let me express my greatest thanks to some very special people: Mr Super-Hunky for coming up with the idea of our online recitals, which have proven to be more successful than any of us ever dreamed; LaValse for hosting the recitals for so long and then devoting hours of programming trouble-shooting making the transition to Frank's servers; Frank for agreeing to host the recital now that it's gotten so big; Monica K for being the recital admin through Recital 54; Sam S. for his terrific AB Forum Recital Index and also devoting hours to programming trouble-shooting; and last but not least, mahlzeit for writing the absolutely fantastic web-based recital program that we are using.


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Performer's name:Jason Lenthe
From:Philadelphia area
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/GnNHa4JIPG4
Title of piece:Sonata #20 in G Major, 1st Movement
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:03:34
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Cunningham Parlour Grand
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:"'Begin at the beginning,' the King said, very gravely, 'and go on till you come to the end: then stop.'"

I have tried playing entire Beethoven Sonatas before but reached beyond my abilities and failed hard. I initially avoided the op. 49 sonatas since I didn't find them particularly exciting, but I have to admit I fully regret that initial position. This sonata is really fun to play. The first movement has lots of opportunity to practice scales, triplets, and articulation. I definitely think op. 49 is the place to start. I will soon be starting on the G minor sonata next.

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Performer's name:Jason Lenthe
From:Philadelphia area
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/GuMhMlv4D1g
Title of piece:Sonata #20 in G Major, 2nd Movement
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:03:31
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Cunningham Parlour Grand
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:It's a funny thing, you know, with classical music and applauding and all that...I played this sonata in a recital and after the emphatic ending chord of the first movement a few people immediately applauded. I gave them a brief nod of appreciation. Then I played the second movement which has a quiet ending and no one applauded until I had stood up and picked up my music from the music desk.

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Performer's name:BSharp(C)yclist (Dan)
From:California
Experience:4.25 Years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn23EVGYnGY
Title of piece:Sonatina in F Major, Anh. 5, No. 2, Mvmt. 1
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:01:34
Source of music:RCM 5 Repertoire Book
Instrument used:Kawai CX-21D
Recording method:Recorded on cell phone.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I enjoy this Sonatina from Beethoven. I think it's a good learning piece for a late beginner, and isn't well known I suppose. It's certainly not as difficult as all the other pieces I've seen submitted so far. Looking forward to listening to them.

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Performer's name:BSharp(C)yclist (Dan)
From:California
Experience:4.25 Years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIyt0mtDpLI
Title of piece:Sonatina in F Major, Anh. 5, No. 2, Mvmt. 2
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:01:53
Source of music:RCM 5 Repertoire Book
Instrument used:Kawai CX-21D
Recording method:Recorded on cell phone.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I enjoy this Sonatina from Beethoven. I think it's a good learning piece for a late beginner, and isn't well known I suppose. It's certainly not as difficult as all the other pieces I've seen submitted so far. Looking forward to listening to them.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nine Variations on "Quant'e Piu Bello" WoO 69
Composer:Ludwig van Beethoven
Duration:06:35
Source of music:Sheet Music (Henle)
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 400 320 Mb
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:"Quant'e Piu Bello" is an aria from the comic opera "La Molinara" by Giovanni Paisiello, a well known Italian composer at the time. Roughly translated, in Gleasonesque parlance, it means "How sweet it is!". Beethoven wrote this set of variations in 1795, at the age of 25. Personally, I've always thought his Variations are the most ignored segment of his solo piano writing, which is a pity: they are loaded with charm, wit, and give good insight into his ingenious writing for piano. As indicated, most do not have Opus Numbers, but they are not trifles by any means.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Piano Sonata #28, Op 101, 1st Mvt
Composer:Ludwig van Beethoven
Duration:05:36
Source of music:Sheet Music (Henle)
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 400 320 Mb
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Beethoven wrote Op 101 in 1816, at 46 years of age. This is considered to be the first Piano Sonata in his 3rd and final phase of his magnificent compositional career: it is marked by intense introspection, highly mystical in nature, and increased emphasis on complex polyphony, using the extreme ranges of the keyboard at both ends. The 1st Movement of Op 101 certainly embodies all those attributes -- Beethoven's quite specific directive for this movement is "deeply expressive" throughout.

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Performer's name:Ruth CM
From:Long Beach, California, USA
Experience:11 years in my youth, just starting again
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op.13, "Pathetique", 2nd Mvmt
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:04:55
Source of music:Schirmer
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavinova CLP-440
Recording method:Digital piano to USB
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece never gets old for me. Small hands so some larger chords were skipped. This was the second take to make up for the numerous takes it took to record Movement 3 smile

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Performer's name:Ruth CM
From:Long Beach, California, USA
Experience:11 years as a youth, just starting again
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Title of piece:Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op.13, "Pathetique", 3rd Mvmt
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:04:53
Source of music:Schirmer
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavinova CLP-440
Recording method:Digital piano to USB
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I was fortunate enough to be able to continue work from home during the quarantine. The one silver lining was avoiding my hours long commute each day which bought me extra time to practice. This piece is not 100% clean by any means but it was starting to feel less fun each time which defeats the purpose of playing. At some point I will work on the first movement as well, but pairing the piece down to only the second and third movements for now was about what I could commit to.
Thank you to PikaPianist for their previous recording of this piece in the archives, it was very helpful for me to listen to.

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Performer's name:Jordan Nylander
From:Union, WA
Experience:15
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChYpuq1A5Xr9-Y8DXOcDRJg?
Home page link:http://jordannylander.com
Title of piece:Sonata 1 in F minor - I Allegro
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:03:38
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Baby Grand Piano
Recording method:Video Camera, Audacity, Reason
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've nicknamed this Sonata the Flame sonata, because it has a fiery energy especially in the outer movements one and four. Very much enjoyed playing this piece and preparing it to submit here! Thank you.

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Performer's name:Jordan Nylander
From:Union, WA
Experience:15
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChYpuq1A5Xr9-Y8DXOcDRJg?
Home page link:http://jordannylander.com
Title of piece:Sonata 1 in F minor - II Adagio
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:05:54
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Baby Grand
Recording method:Video Camera, Audacity, Reason
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The second movement is peaceful and very decorated. There are many similarities to Mozart slow movements that I noticed such as style and chromatic ornamentations. My favorite theme is when it goes into D minor right after the f major resolution. Enjoy!

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Performer's name:Jordan Nylander
From:Union, WA
Experience:15
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Video link:http://https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChYpuq1A5Xr9-Y8DXOcDRJg?
Home page link:http://jordannylander.com
Title of piece:Sonata 1 in F minor - III Allegretto
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:04:14
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Baby Grand
Recording method:Video Camera, Reason, Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:An off beat minor minuet. My favorite! Also a part in the trio where the three voices sparkle at fortissimo all in the high range.

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Performer's name:Jordan Nylander
From:Union, WA
Experience:15
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChYpuq1A5Xr9-Y8DXOcDRJg?
Home page link:http://jordannylander.com
Title of piece:Sonata 1 in F minor - IV Prestissimo
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:06:11
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Baby Grand
Recording method:Video Recorder, Audacity, Reason
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The finale movement of Beethoven's first published sonata. He makes a point here of expanding the piano's capabilities. All hands on deck as the notes fly past at break neck speed with fortissimos everywhere. This sonata-rondo hybrid shows Beethoven's genius in creating forms that fit an intense theme. Sit down and hold on to something!

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Piano Sonata #27, Op 90 Mvt 1
Composer:Ludwig van Beethoven
Duration:05:56
Source of music:Sheet Music (Henle)
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5" Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 400 320 Mb
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Beethoven wrote the two-movement Op 90 for his patron Morris von Lichnowsky, in 1814. Lichnowsky was at that time courting a much younger opera singer, and Beethoven suggested that there was a personal element to his composition -- the 1st Movement devoted more to the "head"; the 2nd more to the "heart". There is considerable debate as to whether this Sonata should be middle-period or late-period Beethoven - personally, I vote for the former because of the 1st Movement, with its terse, economical gestures so characteristic of some of his middle-period chamber works.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Piano Sonata #27, Op 90 Mvt 2
Composer:Ludwig van Beethoven
Duration:10:32
Source of music:Sheet Music (Henle)
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 400 320 Mb
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:My general feeling about Mvt 2? Franz Schubert in his mature years (which in his case was in his 20s!) just idolized Beethoven, and sought to emulate him in some of the major orchestral works. But here, it almost seems that Beethoven is trying to emulate Schubert -- a rondo with a very songful theme, and the sense of song carried throughout the entire arc of the rondo variations. For me, it is quite unique for Beethoven, and it is absolutely gorgeous in its effect.

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Performer's name:SiFi (Simon Finlow)
From:Washington, DC
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Experience:~60 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Bagatelles Op. 126, No. 3 in Ab
Composer:Ludwig van Beethoven
Duration:02:56
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Steingraeber E-272
Recording method:Something professional
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Warm, lyrical, exquisite late Beethoven

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Performer's name:patH (Patrick Hollstein)
From:Germany
Experience:Since 1974
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/kS6lH2oInuA
Home page link:https://www.facebook.com/patrick.hollstein.58
Title of piece:Sonata #17 D Minor op.31/2 "Tempest", 1st movement
Composer:L.v.Beethoven
Duration:08:19
Source of music:Sheet music (different editions)
Instrument used:Yamaha C2 SG
Recording method:Zoom H2n, normalized with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:patH (Patrick Hollstein)
From:Germany
Experience:Since 1974
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Home page link:https://www.facebook.com/patrick.hollstein.58
Title of piece:Sonata #17 D Minor op.31/2 "Tempest", 2nd movement
Composer:L.v.Beethoven
Duration:06:44
Source of music:Sheet music (different editions)
Instrument used:Yamaha C2 SG
Recording method:Zoom H2n, normalized with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:patH (Patrick Hollstein)
From:Germany
Experience:Since 1974
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Video link:https://youtu.be/dDquYNqcz-4
Home page link:https://www.facebook.com/patrick.hollstein.58
Title of piece:Sonata #17 D Minor op.31/2 "Tempest", 3rd movement
Composer:L.v.Beethoven
Duration:05:56
Source of music:Sheet music (different editions)
Instrument used:Yamaha C2 SG
Recording method:Zoom H2n, normalized with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:Carey (Phil Jones)
From:Phoenix AZ
Experience:65 off and on
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sonata Opus 7 - 1st mvt
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:05:54
Instrument used:Steinway D
Recording method:Reel to reel tape
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This recording is from my Master's recital in April 1973.
I'm amazed that this particular sonata was composed in the late 18th century.

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