These tracks feature pianist and author Charles Rosen performing extracts from several Beethoven piano sonatas, illustrating points made in his book Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas: A Short Companion (ISBN 9780300255119).
Recorded for the book by Giulio Cesare Ricci at the Villa Caetani, Ninfa, Italy, 2001. © Charles Rosen.
These recordings were originally available from Yale University Press as a free CD accompanying the hardback edition of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas: A Short Companion (ISBN 9780300090703). Now available in paperback:
Beethoven’s piano sonatas form one of the most important collections of works in the whole history of music. For today’s audience, Charles Rosen has written a guide that brings out the gravity, passion and humour of these works and will enrich the appreciation of a wide range of readers, whether listeners, amateur musicians or professional pianists.