Mari Kodama – Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 5, 6 & 7 (2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Mari Kodama – Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 5, 6 & 7 (2011)
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One could succinctly describe the Piano Sonatas Op. 10 – composed between 1796 and 1798 – as a “trilogy of contrasts”. As he had already done in Op. 2 and Op. 27, here Beethoven has collated various works in a single opus number. And his reason for doing so was not purely based on com- merce; in fact, he was motivated mainly by the musical content. These three works from his early sonata period exhibit artistic development, extensive contrasting, and independent formulation: not until his later works, in fact, do these three factors reap- pear at this same level. He dedicated the sonatas to the Countess Anna Margarete von Browne, a society lady in Vienna.

The Sonatas are written in the keys of C minor (No. 1), F major (No. 2) and D major (No. 3), and contain a varying num- ber of movements. The three-movement Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 lack a Minuet, or slow movement, whereas No. 3 consists of four movements. The American Beethoven- expert, William Kinderman, emphasizes the distinctive diversity of the Sonatas par- ticularly in their first movements: “…the terse, dramatic idiom of the C-minor Sonata sets into relief the relaxed, mischievous spirit of the F-major, whereas the dynamic brilliance of the third sonata, in D major, expands the formal design from within.”

1-1. Mari Kodama – I. Presto (07:15)
1-2. Mari Kodama – II. Largo e mesto (09:19)
1-3. Mari Kodama – III. Minuet. Allegro (02:42)
1-4. Mari Kodama – IV. Rondo. Allegro (04:20)
1-5. Mari Kodama – I. Allegro (08:48)
1-6. Mari Kodama – II. Allegretto (04:43)
1-7. Mari Kodama – III. Presto (04:06)
1-8. Mari Kodama – I. Allegro molto e con brio (05:35)
1-9. Mari Kodama – II. Adagio molto (07:55)
1-10. Mari Kodama – III. Prestissimo (04:31)


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