About the album
Inside the Hearing Machine: Beethoven on His Broadwood
Piano Sonatas Opus 109, 110, and 111
Tom Beghin, piano
Can we get into Beethoven’s creative mind, especially in the last phase of his life when he was coping with severe hearing loss? Tom Beghin’s new recording of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Opus 109, 110, and 111 is an artistic exploration of how Beethoven’s musicking was shaped by the work environment he created with the help of colleagues and friends.
Not only does pianist Tom Beghin perform Beethoven’s trilogy of pianistic masterpieces on a magnificent new replica of Beethoven’s Broadwood piano, he uses a reconstruction of the Gehörmaschine that was mounted on the composer’s piano so he could continue to create music as his hearing declined.
“You do hear better when you bring your head under this machine, don’t you?,” André Stein asked Beethoven. Two centuries later, we too can bring our heads under the machine and wonder: Do we hear Beethoven differently? Beghin draws us inside the hearing machine, where we feel as well as hear the essence of Beethoven’s rambunctious and irresistibly poetic musical vibrations. Inside the Hearing Machine invites us into the multisensory playground of a deaf composer for whom the machine was more than a hearing aid and who interacted with his instrument through much more than sound.
11Sonata in E Major, Op. 109 Vivace ma non troppo—Adagio espressivo
12Sonata in E Major, Op. 109 Prestissimo
13Sonata in E Major, Op. 109 Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
14Sonata in A- at Major, Op. 110 Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
15Sonata in A- at Major, Op. 110 Allegro molto
16Sonata in A- at Major, Op. 110 Adagio, ma non troppo—Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo
17Sonata in C Minor, Opus 111 Maestoso—Allegro con brio ed appassionato
18Sonata in C Minor, Opus 111 Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile