BEETHOVEN PIANO SONATAS
Pathétique I Moonlight I Waldstein
Andante Favori I Für Elise
Decca 476 3860
RADIO SWISS CLASSIC CD RECOMMENDATION 2010
Piano: Steinway & Sons (Concert Grand Model D)
Recording: October 27-28, 2009
Please join pianist See Siang Wong in Beethoven’s most beloved Piano Sonatas. The Swiss Newspaper “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” described Wong as a “subtle painter of sound” and as “a phenomenal pianist”. Beethoven’s dramatic Pathétique Sonata is perhaps the earliest of his compositions to achieve widespread and enduring popularity. The famous Moonlight Sonata derives its title from an 1832 description by music critic Ludwig Rellstab, who compared it to moonlight shining upon Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. The Waldstein Sonata is a key work early in Beethoven’s “Heroic” decade (1803-1812) and sets the stage for piano compositions in the grand manner both in his later work and all future composers. The performance concludes with two small musical gems: the Andante Favori and old time favorite Für Elise.
Booklet and Liner notes: English, German
Includes an Interview by Mario Gerteis:
"A different kind of love; See Siang Wong and Beethoven: A Conversation"
"Eine Art von Liebesbeziehung; See Siang Wong und Beethoven: Ein Gespräch"