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Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"  Play

Miki Sawada Piano

Recorded on 05/03/2017, uploaded on 01/25/2018

Musician's or Publisher's Notes

Beethoven’s 23rd sonata, the beloved Appassionata Sonata (1804-06), is a warhorse worthy of its unwavering popularity. Its dramatic and emotional impact is palpable and immediate both to the novice and amateur listener. However, it is this visceral impact delivered in conjunction with compositional mastery which makes this piece profound. Every detail of proportion, thematic unity, and harmonic pacing is laid out carefully so that one feels a sense of inevitability when listening to the piece. Playing this work feels like how I imagine surfing to be - fully engaged with oneself and in total control, yet letting the wave manifest itself in all its glory and piggybacking on its power. As a performer, it is a fine line between trying to control the details too much and being overwhelmed by the work’s sheer power. Playing the Beethoven works is a very different experience from playing the Szymanowski Mazurkas, and a different kind of listening experience as well.     Notes by Miki Sawada