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Beethoven Piano Sonata Op 10 No. 3

Sonata in D major, Op. 10, No. 3 (1796-98) Presto Largo e mesto Menuetto: Allegro Rondo: Allegro The D major sonata is regarded by most critics as the finest of the Op 10 set. Music historian Ernest Walker wrote that…

Beethoven Piano Sonata Op 10 No. 2

Sonata in F major, Op. 10, No. 2 (1796-98) Allegro Allegretto Presto Beethoven made a few minor changes to the standard sonata form in this piece, the first of which occurs in the development of the first movement. Traditionally, the…

Beethoven Piano Sonata Op 10 No.1

An important part of the Beethoven myth is the idea that he was not bound to any one job or patron but rather wrote what suited him, when it suited. While it is true that he was not employed in…

Beethoven Piano Sonata Op 7

Sonata in E flat major Op 7 Allegro molto e con brio Largo con gran espressione Allegro Rondo: Poco Allegretto e grazioso Op 7 was written in 1797 and the influence of Haydn and Clementi is very apparent. Despite the…

Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op 2 No. 3

Piano Sonata in C major Op 2 No 3 Allegro con brio Adagio Scherzo: Allegro Allegro assai At nearly 10 minutes longer, the third piano sonata is the weightiest of the three Opus 2 works and is generally recognised to…

Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op 2 No. 2

Piano Sonata in A major Op 2 No 2 Allegro Vivace Largo appassionato Scherzo: Allegretto Rondo: Grazioso Like the first Sonata, this opening movement is very Classical sounding and one could be forgiven for thinking you were listening to a…

Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op 2 No. 1

Although they were not conceived as a cycle like the Well Tempered Clavier, Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas are a formidable complement to Bach’s opus. Referred to by many as the Old and New Testament of piano literature, they form the…

‘Bile Flows More Easily Than The Milk Of Kindness’

Molly Flatt writes about books but her questions apply to reviewers of all stripes. …why is it so difficult to “praise interestingly”? Despite our native savagery, surely there is nothing quite so pleasing as a balanced, sensitive and generous review…

Review: DaCapo Chamber Choir

In today’s Record You can count on two things with the DaCapo Chamber Choir: an expertly controlled English cathedral choir sound and thoughtful programming that embraces abstraction while steering well clear of pretension. Saturday’s concert at St John The Evangelist,…

Review: Reaching For Nothing — The Water’s Thirst

In Saturday’s Record The trouble with modern music is that it’s often a lot of work for the listener. Sometimes the extra effort required is well worth it. Other times the net gain isn’t quite so clear. Reaching For Nothing:…

Review: KW Symphony Back To Baroque

In today’s Record When you go to 40-plus concerts a year, it is not often that you are surprised. Some are life-altering and some are disappointing but most are a pleasant way to spend an evening. The very best scenario…

Review: Trio Laurier Shares Spotlight With Sea Asparagus

Reviewing French Wine – Swiss Chocolate @ The Perimeter Institute in today’s Record Research efforts at the Perimeter Institute on Friday evening were devoted to investigating the properties of French wine and Swiss chocolate, an endeavour that should frankly be…

‘The Mind Of A Critic’

Miss Mussel has given much thought of late as to what exactly a critic’s role in the 21st century. Is it best to get out now and take up plumbing or is a brave new world awaiting just over the…

Spine Tinglers: Edwin Outwater

“I was in high school in Los Angeles, driving around in an old beat-up Volvo with my friends, catching to as many concerts as possible. On one sunny SoCal day, I heard the Emerson String Quartet playing Beethoven’s quartet Op. 132 at a large church right in the middle of Beverly Hills. I had no idea what I was about to hear.

Review: Battle Of The Organs

In today’s Waterloo Region Record It was billed as a battle of epic proportions. In the red corner, an enormously powerful Kney confident that 37 years experience would be enough to secure a win. In the blue corner: the young…

Upstairs/Downstairs

The following story actually happened while I was working as a chambermaid at a four star hotel in Manchester city centre. What music students won’t do to pay the bills. I wish I was embellishing, but truth really is stranger…

Spine Tinglers: Stephen Hough

It is time someone designed the ‘Rachmaninoff collar’ – one tailored low enough to allow hairs to rise on the back on the neck unimpeded, because such follicle stimulation is a common occurrence when listening to or performing his music.

Review: Da Capo Chamber Choir/Guelph Chamber Choir

In today’s Waterloo Record There’s no getting around it, rescheduling a concert is a hassle for all involved. Those who turned up at St John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Kitchener Wednesday evening know that sometimes, it is worth it….