Pianist Beth Levin Showcases Beethoven Sonatas on A SINGLE BREATH
PARMA Recordings presents A Single Breath, New York based pianist Beth Levin's magnificent live performance recording of the final three Beethoven Sonatas, Op. 109-111. Recorded on April 20, 2012 at Faust Harrison Pianos in New York, A Single Breath is being released on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 on PARMA's Navona Records label.
Beth Levin has honed her interpretive and expressive skills since her days as a child prodigy in Philadelphia. Beethoven's Sonatas 30-32 (Op. 109, 110, and 111), famously composed "in a single breath," serve as fitting source material for Levin to express her skill, exploring the emotionally complex works with originality, grace, and respectful interpretation of Beethoven's innovative and prescient brilliance.
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
1.Vivace, ma non troppo
3.Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo (Variations 1-6)
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A Flat Major, Op. 110
4.Moderato Cantabile Molto Espressivo 5.Allegro Molto
Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
7.Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato 8.Arietta: Adagio molto, semplice e cantabile
Pianist Beth Levin's playing style can only be described as one of complete and selfless immersion into music, aided by an impeccable technique and an understanding that can be traced back to her unique artistic lineage. Levin, a former child prodigy who made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 12, was subsequently taught and guided by legendary pianists such as Rudolph Serkin, Leonard Shure, Dorothy Taubman and Paul Badura-Skoda (who praised her as a pianist of rare qualities and the highest professional caliber). It is this lineage that allows Levin to connect the golden age of the great Romantic interpreters to the modern musical landscape and lends itself to her astonishing interpretive ease with all music, whether written one hundred years ago or one hundred days ago.
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