Thursday, April 19, 2012

Always a Marvelous Night for a "Moonlight"

As I relate in our new book, Andras Schiff's remarkable series of podcasts for The Guardian on all 32 piano sonatas really helped me truly "get" Beethoven a few years back, and one of the best was on the "Moonlight."  He debunks the "myths" around it and strongly states that he prefers Beethoven's directions as found on the manuscripts--for example, not the super-slow versions of the first movement today during which "you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and the poor pianist is still playing." Also, he claims Beethoven wanted the whole movement played with "pedals down."   Here is it:

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