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Classical - Released September 10, 2021 | La Dolce Volta
Classical - Released October 16, 2020 | La Dolce Volta
Classical - Released March 13, 2020 | harmonia mundi
What exactly is this “new path” (neuer Weg) that the infamous fortepianist Andreas Staier is inviting us on with this new album published as part of harmonia mundi’s vast Beethoven 2020-2027 project? All the works offered here were composed at the dawn of the 19th century by a young tempestuous composer who was conscious of his worth but also of his weakness as he began to feel the first effects of the deafness that would go on to take over his life. This recital is mind blowing from the first few beats of the thundering Sonata No. 16 in G major. With his crystalline, weightless fortepiano built by Mathias Müller around 1810, Staier seems to show us how much this frail instrument labours to show the full spectrum of the composer’s genius, boundary-breaking as it was at the time. The three sonatas and two series of variations that make up this programme were all published in 1802, at a time when Beethoven wanted to “start something new” at the turn of the century after the slew of revolutionary torment that had shaken Europe to its core. It was a new way of thinking for a composer who spoke with a more authoritative tone than his predecessors, in the “first person”. Andreas Staier is without a doubt one of the best possible performers to portray this new era of musical and artistic thinking that arose during a troubled time (the rise of Napoleon) when the clarity of language rivalised the closing off of individuality. © François Hudry/Qobuz
Classical - Released March 6, 2020 | harmonia mundi
Classical - Released February 21, 2020 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)
Classical - Released February 21, 2020 | Decca Music Group Ltd.
Jazz - Released February 14, 2020 | ECM
Classical - Released November 15, 2019 | Warner Classics
Classical - Released November 8, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)
Solo Piano - Released November 1, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon
Classical - Released October 25, 2019 | Warner Classics
Classical - Released October 18, 2019 | Decca Music Group Ltd.