Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 21 & 32
Ludwig van Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas form an unparalleled canon, remaining one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges for pianists to this day. These three sonatas represent Beethoven’s Early, Middle and Late periods but are united in the key of C – minor, for the dramatic and stormy intensity of mood in the Pathétique, and major for the radiant and poetic Waldstein sonata. In his sonata Op. 111 the cycle is completed with music of utmost dramatic tension and the deepest spirituality. The multiple prizewinning pianist Boris Giltburg was born in 1984 in Moscow and has lived in Tel Aviv since early childhood. Notable débuts have included a 2002 South American tour (and every season since), with the Israel Philharmonic in 2005, a tour of China in 2007, and at the 2010 BBC Proms in London. First appearing on record in 2006, Mr. Giltburg recently began a long-term recording plan with Naxos as of 2014.