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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op. 31 / Haefliger

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Since 2004, Andreas Haefliger has been presenting Perspectives, a series of recital programs, in concert and on recordings. Each program focusses on one or two Beethoven sonatas, juxtaposed with works by other composers which in some way interact with Beethoven’s music and with each other. Now, for his latest release on BIS, Haefliger has instead opted for an all-Beethoven recital, choosing to present the composer’s three sonatas Op. 31 as a group. In his introduction to the disc, Haefliger describes the set as occupying ‘a very special place in the Beethoven sonata cycle: It preserves a link to the past but gives us also a vision of the works to come, exploring humour and tenderness, nature and the psychology of the human mind.’ The recording took place in the Salle de Musique in La Chaux-de-Fonds, celebrated for its superb acoustics, on a Bechstein concert grand which Haefliger describes as ‘a piano which, while a modern instrument, retains a nostalgic quality in its sound world and was a constant source of inspiration during the sessions.’


This is a superb release on all counts, and anyone who cares about these sonatas ought to give it a listen. In addition to Beethoven and Haefliger, the third star of this SACD is the C. Bechstein Concert Grand D 282 that the pianist plays, in a recital hall in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

-- Fanfare

The performances are crisp and meticulous. Everything is worked out precisely, and one can feel the artist’s serious purpose. There is little humor or relaxation; perfection is the goal, and Haefliger gets close. There is little to criticize. These are really very fine performances, and the Bechstein piano with its relatively light bass serves the music well.

-- American Record Guide

Product Description:

  • Release Date: January 07, 2022

  • Catalog Number: BIS-2607

  • UPC: 7318599926070

  • Label: BIS

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: Classical

  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Performer: Andreas Haefliger


  1. Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Andreas Haefliger (Piano)

  2. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest"

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Andreas Haefliger (Piano)

  3. Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, "La Chasse"

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Andreas Haefliger (Piano)