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Ludwig van Beethoven, Fantasia sonata in D (1792)
Reconstruction: Cees Nieuwenhuizen
Martin Oei plays on an original Michael Rosenberger fortepiano (built in 1800) from the collection of Edwin Beunk.
It is interesting to know that there are many more unfinished than completed compositions of Beethoven which have been preserved. In these fragments one sees ideas for individual works. There are a large number of sketchbooks and sketches from the composer preserved which are spread over the whole world in libraries and private collections. Some sketches are no more than brief experiments or a short elaborated idea, but there are also fragments preserved which give us a nearly complete picture of a definite composition. In the so-called Kafka sketchbook, which was published in 1970 in London, a large number of manuscripts were bundled from the period 1786 until 1799: approximately 500 fragments.
Fantasiesonata in D (1792)
To make the Fantasia sonata sketch playable, Cees Nieuwenhuizen had to make well-considered decisions. The first movement is almost completed, but he had to fill in the phrasing and some dynamics by comparing the sonatas no. 13, 14 and 15 with the Fantasia Sonata. The second movement is less elaborate; mainly the left hand was missing. Luckily the composer gave indications for the use of the left hand. The third movement was the real challenge, but Nieuwenhuizen also reconstructed this by comparing with other sonatas.
Beside the Fantasiasonata also the famous Sonata no. 8 in c minor opus 13 (Pathétique) (1798) of Beethoven, the Fantasia in d minor KV 397 (1748) and the Sonata no. 8 in a minor KV 310 (1778), both by Mozart, can be found on this cd.
Martin Oei (1996) regularly gives piano recitals. Martin started playing the piano when he was 9, a year later the Young Musicians Academy of Fontys Conservatory granted him admission. Since 2008, he has won prizes at competitions like Steinway and Sons piano competition; Princess Christina Competition; Young Pianist Foundation; Young Music talent Netherlands. He performed several times at the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam, the Janine Jansen Chamber Music Festival, and the Zeeuws Festival. He recorded his first CD when he was 14 and presented it on the radio at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. He played Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with different orchestras.
Design: Paloma Rodriguez Carrington
Images used: Harm van den Dorpel
|1||Beethoven - Fantasiasonata: Allegro|
|2||Beethoven - Fantasiasonata: Andante|
|3||Beethoven - Fantasiasonata: Allegro - Presto|
|4||Beethoven - Pathetique: Grave - Allegro di molto|
|5||Beethoven - Pathetique: Adagio cantabile|
|6||Beethoven - Pathetique: Rondo Allegro|
|7||Mozart - Fantasia in D minor KV 397|
|8||Mozart - Sonata No. 8, KV 310: Allegro maestoso|
|9||Mozart - Sonata No. 8, KV 310: Andante cantabile|
|10||Mozart - Sonata No. 8, KV 310: Presto|