Hear how Beethoven’s early piano sonatas reveal the genius of a composer in full command of his creative powers at a young age. The three Op. 2 sonatas are quite different from each other, but share a wealth of ideas expressed in inventive keyboard writing. Sonata No. 1 is gripping in its drama, Sonata No. 2 puts virtuosity to the forefront, and Sonata No. 3 is sweeping in its grand scale and emotional power of its eloquent slow movement.
Six Variations on an Original Theme in F Major, Op. 34
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1
Five Variations on "Rule Britannia" in D Major
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3
In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.