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Beethoven: The Middle Sonatas / Stewart Goodyear, piano

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  1. Beethoven — Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1 "Quasi una fantasia": I. Andante - Allegro - Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Beethoven — Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1 "Quasi una fantasia": II. Allegro molto e vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Beethoven — Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1 "Quasi una fantasia": III. Adagio con espressione $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Beethoven — Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1 "Quasi una fantasia": IV. Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Beethoven — Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight": I. Adagio sostenuto $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Beethoven — Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight": II. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Beethoven — Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight": III. Presto agitato $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Beethoven — Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 "Pastorale": I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Beethoven — Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 "Pastorale": II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Beethoven — Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 "Pastorale": III. Scherzo e trio. Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Beethoven — Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 "Pastorale": Rondo. Allegro non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Beethoven — Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1: I. Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Beethoven — Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1: II. Adagio grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Beethoven — Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1: III. Rondo. Allegretto – Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Beethoven — Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 "Tempest": I. Largo – Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Beethoven — Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 "Tempest": II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Beethoven — Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 "Tempest": III. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Beethoven — Sonata No. 18 in in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Beethoven — Sonata No. 18 in in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3: II. Scherzo. Allegretto vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Beethoven — Sonata No. 18 in in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3: III. Menuetto. Moderato e grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Beethoven — Sonata No. 18 in in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3: IV. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Beethoven — Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1 “Quasi una fantasia”: I. Andante - Allegro - Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Beethoven — Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1 “Quasi una fantasia”: II. Allegro molto e vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Beethoven — Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1 “Quasi una fantasia”: III. Adagio con espressione $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Beethoven — Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1 “Quasi una fantasia”: IV. Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Beethoven — Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”: I. Adagio sostenuto $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Beethoven — Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”: II. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Beethoven — Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”: III. Presto agitato $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Beethoven — Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 “Pastorale”: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Beethoven — Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 “Pastorale”: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Beethoven — Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 “Pastorale”: III. Scherzo e trio. Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Beethoven — Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 “Pastorale”: IV. Rondo. Allegro non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Beethoven — Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1: I. Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Beethoven — Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1: II. Adagio grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Beethoven — Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1: III. Rondo. Allegretto – Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Beethoven — Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 “Tempest”: I. Largo – Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Beethoven — Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 “Tempest”: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Beethoven — Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 “Tempest”: III. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Beethoven — Sonata No. 18 in in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Beethoven — Sonata No. 18 in in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3: II. Scherzo. Allegretto vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Beethoven — Sonata No. 18 in in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3: III. Menuetto. Moderato e grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Beethoven — Sonata No. 18 in in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3: IV. Presto $0.99 on iTunes

Notes & Reviews:

Riveting playing that draws favourable comparisons with Arrau and Pollini was how The Gramophone described Stewart Goodyear's previous release of Beethoven's late sonatas (MARQUIS81507). This new release features some of the composer's most popular sonatas, including those known as the "Moonlight", the "Pastoral" and the "Tempest".

A native of Toronto in Canada, pianist Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished young artist known for his musical imagination, elegant style and exquisite technique. He has performed with many of the major orchestras of the world including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Academy of St Martin- in-the-Fields, the Montreal Symphony, and the Atlanta Symphony. He has also formed a highly successful partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and its long term Music Director, Paavo Jarvi with whom he has frequently appeared. His discography includes critically acclaimed performances of the concertos of Gershwin and Leroy Anderson on the best selling Telarc disc entitled "American Classics".

The beginning of the 19th century marked a new phase in Beethoven's development as an innovator. Each sonata from that period explores new and unexpected ways of approaching the sonata. The piano writing is more orchestral, expanding the role of the sonata from the living room to the concert hall. The virtuoso is born and the "middle" sonatas nurtured him.



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