A Single Breath: Beethoven's Last Sonatas, nos 30-32 (Opp. 109, 110, 111) / Beth Levin, piano

> Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 - I. Vivace ma non troppo
> Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 - II. Prestissimo
> Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 - III. Andante molto cantabile
> Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 - I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
> Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 - II. Allegro molto
> Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 - III. Arioso - Fuga - Arioso - Fuga
> Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 - I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
> Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 - II. Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Praised for her "boldly inflected readings" (Eichler, NY Times), NY based pianist Beth Levin has honed her interpretive and expressive skills since her days as a child prodigy in Philadelphia. Beethoven's Sonatas 30-32 (Op.109, 110, 111), famously composed "in a single breath," serve as fitting source material for Levin to express her skill.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Levin produces beautiful tones and has a good dynamic range in these sonatas. Some flexibility with rhythms is reasonable. I enjoy Levin's lyricism and expressivity, especially in the recitatives of 31:III.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Faust Harrison Pianos in New York, NY (04/20/2012).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
  • Performer: Beth Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1820

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
  • Performer: Beth Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
  • Performer: Beth Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822