This website is a companion to the recently released box set “Peter Takács: The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas”, Cambria Master Recordings CD 1175-1185.
The word “complete” is accurate: in addition to the canonic 32 Sonatas, this set includes the three “Elector” Sonatas, WoO 47, composed in Bonn in 1782, two easy Sonatas, WoO 50 and 51, the Andante, WoO 57 (Andante favori), originally intended as the second movement of the “Waldstein” Sonata, and the Sonata in D major for piano four- hands, Op. 6 (with my good friend Janice Weber playing secondo). In other words, this is the only set containing every keyboard sonata Beethoven ever wrote.
This is a labor of love that started in 1998-2000, when I performed the cycle of 32 Sonatas in eight recitals over two years in Finney Chapel at Oberlin College. The recording sessions started in December 2001 and were completed in June 2007.
There is an audiophile component to this project: the recording is in DSD (direct stream digital), and is released in Hybrid SACD multi-channel format, playable on all SACD and CD players.
I intend to post occasional writings in the “Ideas” section, starting with my essay “The Mind of Beethoven” which anchors the text portion of the set. I invite comments, responses, reactions and ideas on Beethoven interpretation, piano playing, and music in general. I can be contacted at
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The Beethoven Experience at Carnegie Hall
Peter Takács will inaugurate the new KEY PIANISTS concert series this fall in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, performing three recitals capturing the essence of the Beethoven experience. Each recital will feature at least one chamber music selection, so that the series will exemplify a range of Beethoven's writing for the piano and his oeuvre.
- Sunday, October 18, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.
- Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m
Presented by Terry Eder, the KEY PIANISTS' mission is to bring to the New York stage and audiences pianists of special intelligence, sensitivity and insight. Tickets will be available through Carnegie Charge 90 days before each concert. For more information, please visit terryeder.com.