Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 'Hammerklavier' (Op. 106)
Stephen Johnson explores Beethoven's piano sonata, the Hammerklavier, Op. 106. Completed in 181, the work is considered to the most imposing of all Beethoven's 32 sonatas.
Stephen Johnson scales the extraordinary heights of Beethoven's giant among piano sonatas, the Hammerklavier. Completed in 1818, Opus 106 is the most imposing of all Beethoven's 32 sonatas for piano. The sheer scale of Beethoven's intellectual power coupled with the sonata's fearsome technical demands and length make this one of the most inspiring and challenging works in the solo piano repertoire.