LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Piano Sonata in C, Op. 53 “Waldstein” (reconstituted four-movement version and Adagio molto as published 1805), Exercise from “Eroica” sketchbook, Piano Concerto in G, Op. 58: Andante con moto “2da parte”, Piano Sonatas in F, Op. 54 and in F Minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”, LOUIS ADAM (1758-1848): Piano Sonata in C, Op. 8/2, Exercise No. 48 from Méthode de piano du Conservatoire, DANIEL STEIBELT (1765-1823): Piano Sonata in G, Op. 64.
Catalogue Number: 01W024
Label: Evil Penguin
Reference: EPRC 0036
Description: 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 (the Adam  is 31:53 and the Steibelt  is 44:38), they reveal an unfamiliar French aspect to Beethoven’s genius. 2 CDs + 136-page booklet. Tom Beghin (replica of Beethoven’s 1803 Erard Freres fortepiano).