Free Download: Jonathan Biss plays Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 7

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Free Download: Jonathan Biss plays Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 7

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This week’s free download is the first movement, Presto, from Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 7, performed by Jonathan Biss and recorded on Orchid Classics. It was awarded five stars for both performance and recording in the January issue of BBC Music Magazine.

Written in 1798, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 7 in D is one of the composer’s lesser-known sonatas. When it was published in a set of three sonatas, it was described as being ‘for the harpsichord or for the fortepiano’. It’s thought that this was purely because the publishers were trying to appeal to those who owned a harpsichord, because this music is definitely written with the capabilities of a fortepiano in mind. The sonata’s opening movement, performed here by Jonathan Biss, requires close attention to detail and is technically demanding. 

‘This album concludes Jonathan Biss’s recorded cycle, and it’s exceptionally felicitous’, writes our reviewer Michael Church. ‘His performance is smooth and exquisitely expressive’.


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