Lim, HJ

Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas

CD (Number of discs: 8)
21 May 2012

Barcode: 5099946495228

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Through extensive study of Beethoven, the man and his music, his scores, letters and the reflections of his contemporaries, pianist HJ Lim has curated his complete piano sonatas into eight themes which offer a unique insight into the powerful relationship between composer and musician.

'I view these 30 sonatas by Beethoven,' remarks HJ Lim, 'as the most intense diary, in which genius expresses, or even illustrates, all the facets of a life that is sometimes sublimated, and idealised, and often deeply moving by its realism.

To perform Beethoven's sonatas is not just to interpret music, but is also an attempt to understand the multi-faceted psychology of a human being. It is, in any case, an attempt to bring to light one's own truth. If Beethoven's music can help us understand the human being that he was, so can entering Beethoven's life help us understand his music.'

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 I. Allegro: Sonata No. 29 in B Flat, Op.106 'Hammerklavier'  - HJ Lim 
02 II. Scherzo: Assai vivace: Sonata No. 29 in B Flat, Op.106 'Hammerklavier'  - HJ Lim 
03 III. Adagio sostenuto, appassionato e con molto sentimento: Sonata No. 29 in B Flat, Op.106 'Hammerklavier'  - HJ Lim 
04 IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto: Sonata No. 29 in B Flat, Op.106 'Hammerklavier'  - HJ Lim 
05 I. Allegro con brio: Sonata No. 11 in B Flat, Op.22  - HJ Lim 
06 II. Adagio con molta espressione: Sonata No. 11 in B Flat, Op.22  - HJ Lim 
07 III. Menuetto: Sonata No. 11 in B Flat, Op.22  - HJ Lim 
08 III. Rondo Allegretto: Sonata No. 11 in B Flat, Op.22  - HJ Lim 
09 I. Das Lebewohl (Les Adieux). Adagio - Allegro: Sonata No. 26 in E Flat, Op.81a 'Les Adieux'  - HJ Lim 
10 II. Abwesenheit (L'absence). Andante espressivo: Sonata No. 26 in E Flat, Op.81a 'Les Adieux'  - HJ Lim 
11 III. Das Wiedersehen (Le Retour). Vivacissimamente: Sonata No. 26 in E Flat, Op.81a 'Les Adieux'  - HJ Lim 
Disc 2 
01 I. Allegro: Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op.2  - HJ Lim 
02 II. Adagio: Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op.2  - HJ Lim 
03 III. Menuetto: Allegretto - Trio: Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op.2  - HJ Lim 
04 IV. Prestissimo: Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op.2  - HJ Lim 
05 I. Allegro vivace: Sonata No. 2 in A, Op.2  - HJ Lim 
06 II. Largo appassionato: Sonata No. 2 in A, Op.2  - HJ Lim 
07 III. Scherzo: Allegretto - Trio: Sonata No. 2 in A, Op.2  - HJ Lim 
08 IV. Rondo: Grazioso: Sonata No. 2 in A, Op.2  - HJ Lim 
09 I. Allegro con brio: Sonata No. 3 in C, Op.2  - HJ Lim 
10 II. Adagio: Sonata No. 3 in C, Op.2  - HJ Lim 
11 III. Scherzo: Allegro - Trio: Sonata No. 3 in C, Op.2  - HJ Lim 
12 IV. Allegro assai: Sonata No. 3 in C, Op.2  - HJ Lim 
13 III. Adagio con espressione: Sonata No. 13 in E Flat, Op.27 No.1  - HJ Lim 
14 IV. Allegro vivace - Presto: Sonata No. 13 in E Flat, Op.27 No.1  - HJ Lim 
15 I. Adagio sostenuto: Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 'Moonlight'  - HJ Lim 
16 II. Allegretto: Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 'Moonlight'  - HJ Lim 
17 III. Presto agitato: Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 'Moonlight'  - HJ Lim 
Disc 3 
01 I. Allegro molto e con brio: Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op.10 No.1  - HJ Lim 
02 II. Adagio molto: Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op.10 No.1  - HJ Lim 
03 III. Finale: Prestissimo: Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op.10 No.1  - HJ Lim 
04 I. Allegro: Sonata No. 6 in F, Op.10 No.2  - HJ Lim 
05 II. Allegretto: Sonata No. 6 in F, Op.10 No.2  - HJ Lim 
06 III. Presto: Sonata No. 6 in F, Op.10 No.2  - HJ Lim 
07 I. Presto: Sonata No. 7 in D, Op.10 No.3  - HJ Lim 
08 II. Largo e mesto: Sonata No. 7 in D, Op.10 No.3  - HJ Lim 
09 III. Menuetto: Allegro - Trio: Sonata No. 7 in D, Op.10 No.3  - HJ Lim 
10 IV. Rondo: Allegro: Sonata No. 7 in D, Op.10 No.3  - HJ Lim 
11 II. Andante: Sonata No. 25 in G, Op.79  - HJ Lim 
12 III. Vivace: Sonata No. 25 in G, Op.79  - HJ Lim 
Disc 4 
01 I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo: Sonata No. 24 in F Sharp, Op.78 'Für Therese'  - HJ Lim 
02 II. Allegro vivace: Sonata No. 24 in F Sharp, Op.78 'Für Therese'  - HJ Lim 
03 I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo: Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op.90  - HJ Lim 
04 II. Allegro vivace: Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op.90  - HJ Lim 
05 I. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo: Sonata No. 30 in E, Op.109  - HJ Lim 
06 II. Prestissimo: Sonata No. 30 in E, Op.109  - HJ Lim 
07 III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung: Sonata No. 30 in E, Op.109  - HJ Lim 
08 I. Moderato cantabile, molto espressivo: Sonata No. 31 in A Flat, Op.110  - HJ Lim 
09 II. Allegro molto: Sonata No. 31 in A Flat, Op.110  - HJ Lim 
10 III. Adagio, ma non troppo - Fuga: Allegro, ma non troppo: Sonata No. 31 in A Flat, Op.110  - HJ Lim 
11 I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung: Sonata No. 28 in A, Op.101  - HJ Lim 
12 II. Lebhaft, marschmäßig: Sonata No. 28 in A, Op.101  - HJ Lim 
13 III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll: Sonata No. 28 in A, Op.101  - HJ Lim 
14 IV. Presto - Geschwinde, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit: Sonata No. 28 in A, Op.101  - HJ Lim 
Disc 5 
01 I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio: Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op.13 'Pathetique'  - HJ Lim 
02 II. Adagio cantabile: Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op.13 'Pathetique'  - HJ Lim 
03 III. Rondo: Allegro: Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op.13 'Pathetique'  - HJ Lim 
04 I. Andante con variazioni: Sonata No. 12 in A Flat, Op.26  - HJ Lim 
05 II. Scherzo: Allegro molto - Trio: Sonata No. 12 in A Flat, Op.26  - HJ Lim 
06 III. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un Eroe: Sonata No. 12 in A Flat, Op.26  - HJ Lim 
07 IV. Allegro: Sonata No. 12 in A Flat, Op.26  - HJ Lim 
08 I. Allegro assai: Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op.57 'Appassionata'  - HJ Lim 
09 II. Andante con moto: Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op.57 'Appassionata'  - HJ Lim 
10 III. Allegro, ma non troppo - Presto: Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op.57 'Appassionata'  - HJ Lim 
11 I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato: Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op.111  - HJ Lim 
12 II. Arietta: Adagio molto, semplice e cantabile: Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op.111  - HJ Lim 


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