BEETHOVEN Complete Piano Sonatas. HJ Lim. EMI 8cds

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BEETHOVEN Complete Piano Sonatas

HJ Lim

Beethoven's music, more than any other composer's, is directly connected to the events of his life, be they in the domain of love, tragedy, politics, social or spiritual life. Each sonata, each dedication relate to his internal state and to an event of his life. There are musical motifs, forms and connections between the sonatas which can’t be well comprehensible without a deep analysis of Beethoven’s life. To study and embrace the 30 sonatas which encompass Beethoven’s whole life help an interpreter to bring out the signification and the meaning of each sonata.

“I view these 30 sonatas by Beethoven as the most intense diary, in which genius expresses, or even illustrates, all the facets of a life that is sometimes sublimated, and idealized, and often deeply moving by its realism.

To perform Beethoven's sonatas is not just to interpret music, but is also an attempt to understand the multi-faceted psychology of a human being. It is, in any case, an attempt to bring to light one's own truth. If Beethoven's music can help us understand the human being that he was, so can entering Beethoven's life help us understand his music.”

“All these reflections would not be valid without a source coming from Beethoven himself or from one of his close contemporaries, the many accounts from his close relations that we have, also the letters and personal notes are therefore very important. It does indeed help us place ourselves within the composer's lifetime and cancel as much as possible of the distance that separates us from him. As Beethoven's music is profoundly human, we can today still understand it with our hearts. And yet there is a crucial element that as an interpreter we must urgently work on, which is to "re-actualize" the impact and shock that this music could create at the time. Each sonata should be conveyed with all the freshness and innovatory inspiration it could produce in the eyes of Beethoven's contemporaries. This is the difficult role and heavy responsibility of the interpreter.

All composers need the indispensable assistance of interpreters in order to survive and communicate their ideas to a larger number, and for that their "divinity" could be transmitted to the public. However, I feel that I, as interpreter, I am not only serving the composer, but I am using myself in my turn, composers as my intermediary, as the interpreters of the divinity, to get myself closer to the Muse.”

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