OnClassical | OC20122B | 2021


Beethoven, L. Van: Piano Sonatas Opp. 7, 14
Maurizio Zaccaria, Piano

All Recordings

Track list

Total duration: 52:07
Original audio @ 88.2 kHz * 24 bits

*

The popularity of the album on Spotify where higher value means the most popular.

Download & Stream!

With the Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 7, published by Artaria for harpsichord and piano in 1797, Beethoven expands the scope of keyboard technique and structural proportions. Indeed, some of the passagework in the outer movements must have been prohibitive to most amateur pianists; and the length of the sonata, at the time, made it the longest work for piano ever published, and the second longest sonata Beethoven composed (the record goes to the Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 106 Hammerklavier). Metric displacements and violent dynamic contrasts inform the opening movement, while the prayer-like Adagio is possibly one of the most extraordinary achievements of Beethovens youth. The Allegro that follows, light and playful, is interrupted by a stormy minore section that was most likely the inspiration for the first of Schuberts Klavierstcke, D 946. The melodious but challenging Rondo closes the sonata, unexpectedly, in a murmur.
The two Sonatas, Op. 14 were published by Artaria as a set in 1799, and show a Beethoven less concerned with structural expansion and technical display. However, the iconoclastic spirit that informed earlier explorations in the genre is preserved, in particular in the way harmony and dialectics between thematic materials are developed. The first of the two works, in the key of E Major, was transcribed as a string quartet in the key of F major. Of note, the middle movement. The second sonata, technically perhaps slightly more ambitious than the first, features a lighthearted march followed by variants as a middle movement (at the very end, however, Beethoven startles us by placing a dramatic fortissimo chord), and a humorous Scherzo characterized by continuous metric displacements as a closing movement all elements that must have been considered rather unusual at the time.
Maurizio Zaccaria continues his journey in the world of Beethoven's complete piano sonatas. His playing is characterized by unique readings and virtuosic flair, all perfectly in line with the sound and timbric resources of modern instruments.
The recording has been captured by sound engineer Alessandro Simonetto with 5 microphones - a pair of Bruel & Kjr 4003, and three spots Neumann KM 140. The instrument used is a brand new Steinway grand D-274.

Piano Sonatas Opp. 7, 14
Maurizio Zaccaria, Piano

OnClassical
Prod. No.: 270 / 2021
Cat. No: OC20122B
UPC: 634065038588
No. Album(s): 1

Recorded @ Saletta acustica 'Eric James', Pove del Grappa, 2020

Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
Photo/paint on cover: N/A
Artwork: OnClassical

Equipment used: B&K mics.
Instrument(s) used: Steinway & Sohns D-274 piano, 'Audi-O'

An OnClassical prod., © 2020

Share on Social

HD Digital Distribution

In collaboration with Naxos Digital

Follow Us:


A proudly Italian company!
Designed by yumecori, © 2023