Beethoven: Piano Sonatas / Fazil Say

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Label: ERATO
Catalog: 190295380243
Format: CD

“I began this project in May 2017. At the time I had only ever played 14 of Beethoven’s sonatas, so I had 18 more to learn from scratch. 2020 is Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, and I aimed to complete the project by that date. “I first played Beethoven’s smaller sonatas at the age of eight. In my 30s [Say turns 50 in January 2020], I recorded five of his sonatas for an album, but I was never happy with the results. Over the years I’ve occasionally included sonatas like the ‘Pathetique’, op.109, ‘Hammerklavier’ and ‘Les Adieux’ in my concert repertoire. For the present recording, however, I set myself a rule: ‘Make sure you’re happy with the results.’ “Our recording of this Beethoven cycle occupied a total of 18 days, divided into five different sessions spread over a two-year period. It was labour-intensive, but working on 32 Beethoven pieces of infinite depth gave me an inexhaustible motivation. Throughout those two years, Beethoven was my idol and my mentor.”

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