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Beethoven and his French Piano

Tom Beghin

Beethoven and his French Piano

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Format: CD
Label: Evil Penguin
UPC: 0608917722321
Catnr: EPRC 0036
Release date: 06 November 2020
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Label
Evil Penguin
UPC
0608917722321
Catalogue number
EPRC 0036
Release date
06 November 2020
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About the album

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.

1803 erhielt Beethoven ein Klavier von Erard Frères in Paris. Warum war er so sehr daran interessiert, ein französisches Instrument zu besitzen, und wie inspirierte ihn dies, sowohl als Pianist als auch als Komponist? Die Antwort könnte in diesen Aufführungen auf einem neuen Nachbau von Beethovens französischem Klavier liegen, der im Rahmen eines einzigartigen Forschungsprojekts geschaffen wurde. Indem sie die ikonischen "Waldstein"- und "Appassionata"-Sonaten neben ebenso großartigen Stücken von zwei seiner Pariser Zeitgenossen platzieren, bringen sie in Beethovens Genie einen unbekannten französischen Aspekt zum Vorschein.

Artist(s)

Tom Beghin (piano)

The Belgian-Canadian pianist Tom Beghin combines a career as a performer with that of a researcher and teacher. His expertise concerns historically informed performance on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century keyboards. His published work spans various media, from commercially released CDs to academic essays and books. Most recently, he has studied the significance of Beethoven’s 1803 Erard piano. Beethoven’s other “foreign” piano, a replica of his 1817 Broadwood, was featured on Inside the Hearing Machine, a multimedia project that aims to understand the connection of the composer’s deafness with his late piano music. His mon- ograph The Virtual Haydn: Paradox of a Twenty-First-Century Keyboardist (University of Chicago Press, 2015) followed his monumental recording of the complete solo Haydn keyboard works (Naxos 2009/2011). With classicist Sander Goldberg...
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The Belgian-Canadian pianist Tom Beghin combines a career as a performer with that of a researcher and teacher. His expertise concerns historically informed performance on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century keyboards. His published work spans various media, from commercially released CDs to academic essays and books.

Most recently, he has studied the significance of Beethoven’s 1803 Erard piano. Beethoven’s other “foreign” piano, a replica of his 1817 Broadwood, was featured on Inside the Hearing Machine, a multimedia project that aims to understand the connection of the composer’s deafness with his late piano music. His mon- ograph The Virtual Haydn: Paradox of a Twenty-First-Century Keyboardist (University of Chicago Press, 2015) followed his monumental recording of the complete solo Haydn keyboard works (Naxos 2009/2011). With classicist Sander Goldberg he co-edited Haydn and the Performance of Rhetoric, winner of the 2009 American Musicological Society Ruth A. Solie Award.

Alumnus of the HIP-doctoral program at Cornell University (where he studied with Malcolm Bilson and James Webster), Prof. Beghin taught at UCLA (1997–2003) and McGill University (2003–18). He was William J. Bouwsma Fellow at the American National Humanities Center (2002–3), has served on the board of directors of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Instruments, is Mitglied of the Haydn Institut (Cologne), and member of CIRMMT (Centre of Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, Montreal). He also serves on the Associated Faculty of the Arts of the University of Leuven.

Since 2015, Tom Beghin has been Senior Researcher and Principal Investigator at the Orpheus Institute for Advanced Studies & Research in Music, in Ghent, Belgium. His research cluster, Declassifying the Classics, focuses on the intersections of tech- nology, rhetoric, and performance. The cluster has a partnership with the Early Keyboard Workshop of Pianos Maene (Ruiselede, Belgium).


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Composer(s)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School.    Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob...
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Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School. Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. At the age of 21 he moved to Vienna, where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn, and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. By his late 20s his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from these last 15 years of his life.

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Disc #1
01.
Concerto in G Major, Op. 58: II. Andante con moto, “2da parte”
01:46
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tom Beghin
02.
Méthode de piano du Conservatoire: Exercise No. 48
00:33
(Louis Adam) Tom Beghin
03.
Sonata in C Major, Op. 8, No. 2: Allegro di molto
15:12
(Louis Adam) Tom Beghin
04.
Sonata in C Major, Op. 8, No. 2: Romance: Andante grazioso un peu animé / Adagio non troppo
10:46
(Louis Adam) Tom Beghin
05.
Sonata in C Major, Op. 8, No. 2: Finale Scherzando: Allegro vivace
05:54
(Louis Adam) Tom Beghin
06.
“Eroica” Sketchbook: Excercise
00:37
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tom Beghin
07.
Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein”: Allegro con brio
16:47
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tom Beghin
08.
Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein”: Allegretto (WoO 56)
01:55
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tom Beghin
09.
Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein”: Andante grazioso con moto (WoO 57)
08:39
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tom Beghin
10.
Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein”: Introduzione: Adagio molto—Rondo: Allegretto moderato / Prestissimo
12:33
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tom Beghin
11.
Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein”: Introduzione: Adagio molto
03:09
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tom Beghin

Disc #2
01.
Sonata in F Major, Op. 54: In Tempo d’un Menuetto
05:59
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tom Beghin
02.
Sonata in F Major, Op. 54: Allegretto / Più allegro
06:54
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tom Beghin
03.
Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”: Allegro assai
10:41
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tom Beghin
04.
Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”: Andante con moto
05:38
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tom Beghin
05.
Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”: Allegro ma non troppo / Presto
08:42
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tom Beghin
06.
Sonata in G Major, Op. 64: Cantabile con espressione
22:19
(Daniel Gottlieb Steibelt) Tom Beghin
07.
Sonata in G Major, Op. 64: Tempo di Minuetto: Scherzando
02:55
(Daniel Gottlieb Steibelt) Tom Beghin
08.
Sonata in G Major, Op. 64: Adagio: Fantaisie
11:45
(Daniel Gottlieb Steibelt) Tom Beghin
09.
Sonata in G Major, Op. 64: Pastorale: Allegretto
07:39
(Daniel Gottlieb Steibelt) Tom Beghin
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