Beethoven: Sonata no. 8 “Pathétique”

Paul Lewis, piano

Sonata no. 8 “Pathétique” in C minor, I. Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio

From Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 (2007)

Released by Harmonia Mundi

Beethoven: Sonata no. 8 “Pathétique”

This Sonata was written in 1798 when Beethoven was 27, and named Grande Sonate pathétique by his publisher, who was impressed by it’s dramatic sonorities.

This is one of Beethoven most well-known and performed piece, and I just love Paul Lewis‘ mesmerizing rendition , his phrasing is intense, expressive and unique.