Seven Interpretations

On this DVD, pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli performs the early Sonata Op. 2, number 3 by Beethoven, and also the Sonata number 32, Op. 111.

The Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111, is the last of Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano sonatas. The work was written between 1821 and 1822. Beethoven died in 1827. For the subsequent 180 years or so, many performers have taken on the task to explore this amazing masterpiece, and to unlock its inner spirituality and its core message.

Who can say which performance is the “correct” one? Music is a very personal experience, and we each get to search for the interpreter whose performance is of greatest meaning to each of us.

I invite you to explore the performance by seven great pianists that are captured below.

If you wish, please tell me your own personal choice in the comment section on the bottom of this page. There are no “Awards”. There is no “Right Answer”. Just whichever of these artists you may enjoy the most, or perhaps you have a different “hero” for this work. Tell me about it…

These pianists are not presented in any particular order:

First up is Rudolf Serkin – Beethoven Sonata No. 32, Op. 111 – 2nd Movement performed in 1987

And here is Andras Schiff in the same composition:

Now, Claudio Arrau – Beethoven Sonata No. 32 – 2nd Mvmt.

Really! Here’s Glenn Gould, performing Beethoven’s Sonata No. 32 c-moll op. 111

And now, here is Maurizio Pollini in 1973 – LIVE in London – BEETHOVEN – Op. 111:

And now Pollini with Video:

And here is Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli’s performance of SONATE OPUS 111 by BEETHOVEN:

Finally, here is Stephen Kovacevich in Beethoven’s Sonata No. 32 op. 111:

Leave me your comments, below, if you wish:

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