Nelson Goerner already has a varied set of CD’s, but this is the first time he has tackled Beethoven on a recording: he has chosen the ‘Hammerklavier’, a work of amazing dimensions, complexity and profound beauty.
We have an opportunity to listen to the following music:
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 ‘Hammerklavier’
Bagatelles (6), Op. 126
All performed by Nelson Goerner (piano)
‘Here is a sonata that will make pianists work hard’, said Beethoven to his publisher after working on it for almost three years, at a time when his deafness was constantly worsening. This represents forty-five minutes of huge difficulty for the performer
Goerner then invites us to move from the monumental to the miniature, with the Six Bagatelles op.126, which are subtle gems of Beethoven’s late period.
Here is Nelson Goerner in a recorded concert from the Verbier Festival: