Beethoven and his French Piano

Beethoven and his French Piano

EPRC 0036 TOM BEGHIN

In 1803 Beethoven received a piano from Erard Frères in Paris. Why had he been so keen to own a French instrument and how did it inspire him, both as a pianist and a composer? The answer may lie in these performances on a new replica of Beethoven’s French piano, created as part of a unique research project. Placing the iconic “Waldstein” and “Appassionata” sonatas alongside equally grand pieces by two of his Parisian contemporaries, they reveal an unfamiliar French aspect to Beethoven’s genius.

Tracklist

1. Concerto in G Major, Op. 58 II. Andante con moto, “2da parte” (01:46) - L. van Beethoven
2. Méthode de piano du Conservatoire Exercise No. 48 (00:33) - L. van Beethoven
3. Sonata in C Major, Op. 8, No. 2 Allegro di molto (15:12) - L. van Beethoven
4. Sonata in C Major, Op. 8, No. 2 Romance: Andante grazioso un peu animé / Adagio non troppo (10:46) - L. van Beethoven
5. Sonata in C Major, Op. 8, No. 2 Finale Scherzando: Allegro vivace (05:54) - L. van Beethoven
6. “Eroica” Sketchbook Excercise (00:37) - L. van Beethoven
7. Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein” Allegro con brio (16:47) - L. van Beethoven
8. Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein” Allegretto (WoO 56) (01:55) - L. van Beethoven
9. Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein” Andante grazioso con moto (WoO 57) (08:39) - L. van Beethoven
10. Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein” Introduzione: Adagio molto—Rondo: Allegretto moderato/Prestissimo (12:33) - L. van Beethoven
11. Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein” Introduzione: Adagio molto (03:09) - L. van Beethoven

1. Sonata in F Major, Op. 54 In Tempo d’un Menuetto (05:59) - L. van Beethoven
2. Sonata in F Major, Op. 54 Allegretto / Più allegro (06:54) - L. van Beethoven
3. Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata” Allegro assai (10:41) - L. van Beethoven
4. Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata” Andante con moto (05:38) - L. van Beethoven
5. Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata” Allegro ma non troppo / Presto (08:42) - L. van Beethoven
6. Sonata in G Major, Op. 64 Cantabile con espressione (22:19) - L. van Beethoven
7. Sonata in G Major, Op. 64 Tempo di Minuetto: Scherzando (02:55) - L. van Beethoven
8. Sonata in G Major, Op. 64 Adagio: Fantaisie (11:45) - L. van Beethoven
9. Sonata in G Major, Op. 64 Pastorale: Allegretto (07:39) - L. van Beethoven

Beethoven and his French Piano