Eric Le Sage Beethoven: The Last Three Sonatas, Op. 109, 110 & 111

Beethoven: The Last Three Sonatas, Op. 109, 110 & 111

Eric Le Sage

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Includes: 1 Digital booklet

Released on September 2, 2014 by Alpha

Main artist: Eric Le Sage

Genre: Classical

Distinctions: 4F de Télérama (September 2014) - 4 étoiles de Classica (November 2014)

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Album : 1 disk - 8 tracks Total length : 01:04:19

    Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 (Ludwig van Beethoven)
  1. 1 Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: I. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo

    Eric Le Sage, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : Alpha Productions Alpha Productions

  2. 2 Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: II. Prestissimo

    Eric Le Sage, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : Alpha Productions Alpha Productions

  3. 3 Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: III. Gesangvoll, mitt innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)

    Eric Le Sage, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : Alpha Productions Alpha Productions

  4. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
  5. 4 Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo

    Eric Le Sage, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : Alpha Productions Alpha Productions

  6. 5 Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: II. Allegro molto

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  7. 6 Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: III. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo)

    Eric Le Sage, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : Alpha Productions Alpha Productions

  8. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
  9. 7 Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato

    Eric Le Sage, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : Alpha Productions Alpha Productions

  10. 8 Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: II. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice cantabile)

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Better known for his recordings of the music of Robert Schumann and Gabriel Fauré, pianist Eric le Sage ventures into less accustomed repertoire with this Alpha disc of the last three piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven. These pieces, like others among Beethoven's late masterworks, have an ineffable aura of sanctity about them, and performers approach them with a sense of awe, as well as a solid backlist of recordings that lead up to them. Le Sage doesn't have a discography of Beethoven sonatas, or even much Beethoven in his catalog at all, so his offering of the Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109, the Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110, and the Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111, may come as a surprise, or even an affront to some sensibilities. Yet he plays with the transparent touch and calm demeanor of many a master, and even though he isn't likely to be credited with a major achievement until he records the rest of the sonatas, these performances are equal in technique, physical prowess, and emotional power to many other fine renditions. The sense of transcendence that unifies these three sonatas is evident in le Sage's controlled interpretations, and he lends the music a clarity that feels a little rarefied and otherworldly, especially in the closing variations of Op. 111. On the strength of these exceptional performances, one hopes le Sage has a complete Beethoven cycle in store and that Alpha will release it soon.

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