Fazıl Say – Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, “Pathétique”: III. Rondo (Allegro)
Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas are masterpieces and milestones in the history of Music. Recording all 32 of them is a rare occasion It is a huge endeavor, a pianist has to dedicate many years of his life. My purpose in recording all of these 32 sonatas was producing a reference recording for the 21st century in the world. I worked long hours thoroughly analyzing these pieces. While recording these 32 sonatas, I approached both to the composer and his work with the instinct of a composer. Naturally, I followed the unparalleled enormous progress Beethoven displayed in the 25-30 years he spent composing these sonatas. I completed the recordings with the utmost perfection staying loyal to the compositions. I am now satisfied with the outcome. I completed the 630 minutes of the Beethoven Sonatas recording at the wonderful Great Hall of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation. I was practicing for the Sonatas in Istanbul, the city I live in and I was often traveling to Salzburg for the recording sessions. Either on the banks of the Salzach river or here by the Bosphorus, I was listening to the 32 Sonatas inside myself, just like the beautiful piece you just listening to right now. Now, as the first example, I would like to present you the final section of the Pathétique Sonata from the new album.