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Beethoven has always lain at the heart of François-Frédéric Guy’s musical endeavours, from his first disc of the ‘Hammerklavier’ op. 106 on harmonia mundi in the 1990s, which revealed him as one of the future great pianists of his generation, to his set of the concertos conducted by Philippe Jordan and a second version of the ‘Hammerklavier’.
In 2008 the festival Le Printemps des Arts de Monaco offered him the opportunity of performing a complete cycle of the Beethoven sonatas over a series of concerts in a single week, an experience repeated at the Cité de la Musique in Paris in 2009. A new complete cycle in concert, begun at the Arsenal de Metz in December 2009, will be completed in 2012.
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale'
III. Scherzo, Allegro Vivace
IV. Rondo, Allegro Ma Non Troppo
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49 No. 1
II. Rondo, Allegro
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49 No. 2
I. Allegro, Ma Non Troppo
II. Tempo Di Menuetto
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'
I. Allegro Con Brio
II. Introduzione, Adagio Molto
III. Rondo, Allegretto Moderato - Prestissimo
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31 No. 1
I. Allegro Vivace
II. Adagio Grazioso
III. Rondo, Allegretto
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'
I. Largo - Allegro
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 No. 3 'The Hunt'
II. Scherzo, Allegretto Vivace
III. Menuetto, Moderato E Grazioso
IV. Presto Con Fuoco
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'
I. Allegro Assai
II. Andante Con Moto
III. Allegro Ma Non Troppo - Presto
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79
I. Presto Alla Tedesca
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78
I. Adagio Cantabile - Allegro Ma Non Troppo
II. Allegro Vivace
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101
I. Etwas Lebhaft Und Mit Der Innigsten Empfindung
II. Lebhaft, Marschmässig
III. Langsam Und Sehnsuchtsvoll
IV. Geschwind, Doch Nicht Zu Sehr, Und Mit Entschlossenheit
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54
I. In Tempo D'un Menuetto
“Without doubt, Guy is a superbly accomplished pianist, and these are mainly impressive performances, characterised by warmth and expressive insight as well as technical brilliance; and yet, for each sonata that is an unqualified success, there is another that seems to be misconstrued.”
Awards Issue 2012
“Here is an antidote to the identikit Beethoven, to sonatas (and even cycles) recorded merely because an artist will sell...Guy has made a point of mixing things up, of emphasising contrast rather than chronological progression...A mixed bag, then, but thoroughly thought-provoking. Guy's approach is refreshing in its directness and honesty and - at his best - he is a highly persuasive Beethovenian.”
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