Beethoven, Sonata in C Minor (Pathetique​)​, Opus 13

by Wim Winters

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Question: Beethoven's Pathetique on a clavichord?
And that is supposed to be an example of "authentic sound"?
Do not forget that when Beethoven wrote his Grande Sonata Pathetique in 1798, the world was still embedded in the 18th century.
Imagine for a moment that a door would open and give us a glimpse at an emperor room. Like the one in this video.
And that we would see a clavichord, not a ordinary one, but "einem gutem Clavier", a royal instrument. Like the one in this video.
And wait! Do you see Beethoven entering through the door? Greeting the emperor with humility, nodding with his head on a request the ruler apparently made and taking place behind the clavichord.
What would he do?
He'd play, and not a random piece. He either would improvise, or play his latest work. Or both.
I'm sure.

Did Beethoven wrote this sonata with the clavichord in mind?
I don't think so. The pianoforte was at the end of the 18th century, certainly in Vienna, omni-present.
But... Beethoven stood with one foot still in the baroque-era, admiring "old" music, from Bach to Mozart. And also this sonata gets such surprising effects when played on an instrument, like this, a true Clavier, with all tools of expression that a player can hope for. And the effects applied to this sonata, gives us a new look to a very well known piece of music.

See for yourself and listen to it. And leave a comment. I'm curious to know what you think about it.


released June 2, 2016



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Wim Winters (1972) began his musical studies in 1984. At age 13, Wim Winters was awarded First Prize in an international competition in The Netherlands and subsequently decided to pursue a career in music.

He studied at the Sweelinck conservatory in Amsterdam, with Jacques van Oortmerssen (organ) and Willem Brons (piano).

Wim is also involved in restoration projects of historic organs.
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