Sonata 29, known as Hammerklavier , starts with a pair of beautiful movements, followed by a long and slow depressing piece and ends with a wild difficult ending movement. It’s one of his better known later sonatas.
The other Sonata that I heard, his 21st, is one of his best known middle sonatas called Waldstein everywhere but in Spain. This piece is played in the Sienfeld episode about a Pez dispenser . These were played by Mitsuko Uchida and Harris Goldsmith. 2 years ago
I finally heard all of Beethoven’s 32nd Sonata . It was my third attempt – my first two were tharted when I reached across my desk and tugged the earplug from the MP3 player causing the machine to stop in the middle of a 15 minute piece. Both time I was so frustrated, that I moved onto other music. The 32nd sonata, and his last, has only two movements not they typical 3 or 4. The twp balance each other as one is fast the other slow. The second movement is a full 15 minutes, which is rather longer than the typically 5 to 7 minutes. It’s Beethoven’s Hey Jude. And like Hey Jude, it’s one theme played over and over with slight variations. 2 years ago
I listened to Beethoven’s sonata 15 yesterday. It’s called the Pastoral sonata and I was hoping I would like it as much his Pastoral symphony but it didn’t have the je ne sais quoi. 2 years ago
I enjoyed the 16th and 18th sonata. The 17th was quite busy and tough to listen to. It received the name the Tempest in Beethoven’s lifetime because it sounds like a storm approaching. 2 years ago
I listened to three very short sonatas today played by John O’Conor – spelled with only one N. Each was quite pretty with only two parts. I have another CD pack with 5 sonatas that I have not listened to. While today’s selection barely took 20 minutes to listen to, the other 5 will fill nearly 2 hours. I only need two more after these. 2 years ago