Peter Takács

The Beethoven Cycle

"This undertaking has become a journey of self-discovery as I take the measure of my own

deepening relationship with this Everest of musical challenges." - Peter Takács


ON NOVEMBER 19, 1998, in Finney Chapel, Peter Takács performed the first of a two-year, eight-recital cycle of the 32 piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven. When asked why he initiated the ambitious project, Takács replied: "I have lived with these magnificent works, as performer and teacher, for many years. I find in them a record of a great composer's development from his youth as a brilliant virtuoso, to the peaks of musical maturity. One recurrent aspect of these sonatas is their strikingly modern relevance as universal statements about the human condition&emdash;about struggle and suffering, healing and transcendence. In them one gleans a mind intent on surprising and delighting the listener, pushing the envelope of accepted rules, and being inspired by nature both in its pastoral serenity and its turbulence (reflecting his inner turmoil as well).

"There is great pleasure in tackling the physical aspects of this music. The sheer instrumental demands are challenging, but never as displays of virtuosity. There is also pleasure in a kind of lateral thinking, in examining other works&emdash;especially the symphonies, string quartets and the opera Fidelio&emdash;for hints of deeper meanings in these piano works, in terms of instrumental coloring and emotional content."

Visit to read (and hear) Peter Takács's The Mind of Beethoven.




Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1
Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2 No. 2
Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2 No. 3
Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101



Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Major, Op. 22
Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14 No. 1
Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14 No. 2
Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein"



Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10 No. 1
Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10 No. 2
Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3
Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata"


Sonatas Op. 31/1, 2 ("Tempest"), 3
Op. 81a "Les Adieux"


1999-2000 DATES TBA

Program V: Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27 No. 1,
Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2, "Moonlight"
Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier"
Program VI: Sonatas Op 7, Op. 49/1, 2, Op. 90, Op. 110
Program VII: Sonatas Op. 26 ("Funeral March"), Op. 13 ("Pathétique"), Op. 78, Op. 79, Op 109
Program VIII: Sonatas Op. 28 ("Pastorale"), Op. 54, Op. 111


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