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Andrew Rangell, Piano

DOR-90158 Cover - 17846 Bytes These Sonatas - unequalled in their immediacy, their compression and distillation of experience, their depth of individuation - represent a new order of personal expression.   Their created worlds constitute, I think, a most prophetic and comprehensive embodiment of the term "quasi-fantasia" - That Beethoven had used a subtitle for his opus 27 sonatas.   In a lifetime of endowing the unpredictable, and even the fantastic, with an inner logic truer than the at-hand variety, Beethoven in the last sonatas surely approached his own ideals of formal mastery, of unfettered expression, and of genuine fantasy.
- Andrew Rangell © 1990

Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109 (1820)
[1] Vivace, ma non troppo; Adagio espressivo
[2] Prestissimo
[3] Andante con variazioni: Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung

Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110 (1821)
[4] Moderato cantabile
[5] Allegro molto
[6] Recitativo: Adagio, ma non troppo: Arioso dolente;
      Fuga: Allegro, ma non troppo; L'istesso tempo di
      Arioso: L'istesso tempo della Fuga

Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111 (1822)
[7] Maestoso: Allegro con brio ed appassionato
[8] Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile

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