Beethoven – Piano Sonata No 21 in C Major (Waldstein) – Argerich, Piano
Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No 21 in C major, Op. 53, known as the Waldstein, is one of the three most notable sonatas of his middle period (the other two being the Appassionata, Op. 57, and Les Adieux, Op. 81a). Completed in summer 1804 and surpassing Ludwig van Beethoven’s previous piano sonatas in its scope, the Waldstein is a key early work of Beethoven’s “Heroic” decade (1803–1812) and set a standard for piano composition in the grand manner. The sonata’s name derives from Beethoven’s dedication to his close friend and patron Count Ferdinand Ernst Gabriel von Waldstein of Vienna.
Other Beethoven’s work by Martha Argerich
Piano Sonata No 7
Piano Sonata No 28
Violin Sonata No 5 (Spring): Kremer, violin; Argerich, piano