For this all-Beethoven recording, Earl Wild has selected three sonatas-the Hammerklavier (Opus 106), the Pathetique (Opus 13) and the Moonlight (Opus 27, No. 2). Modern audiences regard these as classic examples of the sonata literature. But to Beethoven's contemporaries, each of these works represented a significant innovation, a departure from the conventional sonata as defined by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven's other predecessors. Each is a masterpiece from a different period in Beethoven's development as a composer.
1. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
2. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor Op. 13 "Pathetique"
3. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight"