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Work: Piano Sonata no. 27 in E minor, Op.90

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ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeInstrumental
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Colours poured in through a metaphorical stained glass window in Verbier's church.
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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's Edinburgh recital, which consisted of sonatas by Beethoven and works by Ravel and Debussy, was just pure delight, from first note to last. 
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Freshness and intensity were brought to Beethoven's later piano sonatas, including a convincing Hammerklavier, together with a welcome performance of his last work for solo piano.
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András Schiff hypnotises a sold-out Usher Hall

A gladiatorial setting of one man, one piano, two thousand spectators: the piano's slightly rakish angle was going to allow a few hundred more people to see András Schiff's hands in action. 
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Murray Perahia: Bach and late Brahms at the Lincoln Center

Murray Perahia’s programmes are always tidily thought through, exploring interrelationships between pieces and building progressively, often from Bach to Chopin via Beethoven. This was no different, with Bach and Chopin the bread to a sandwich of late Brahms and lesser-known Beethoven and Schubert. Though the Chopin was a little abrupt, this was a thorougly satisfying concert.
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