Beethoven Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
1• Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato
2• Arietta: Adagio molto, semplice e cantabile
Beethoven Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111 – This is the last of Beethoven’s Sonatas and his most profound statement among his piano works. A sonata in which the spiritual and earthly realms meet so movingly, it ends with a starry trill, a descent back to earth a final statement of simple eloquence.
About Justin Dello Joio:
Steven has enjoyed a long friendship and professional association with the composer Justin Dello Joio. These two etudes were commissioned by the New York Music Teachers Association and composed under the auspices of a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. Steven Masi premiered them in 2001 in Syracuse, New York, and the first of the two etudes is dedicated to him.
Concert Etude No 1-Momentum
Concert Etude No 2-Et Farvel
Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54 Chopin
The fourth and final Scherzo has the most “scherzo-like” quality of the four. A late work, it has the elements of Chopin’s late style; startling counterpoint and and a meeting of intimacy and grandeur. The middle section is heartbreakingly beautiful.