Beethoven & Stravinsky Sonata in C Major & Petrouchka Hybrid Stereo SACD
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Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein' & Stravinsky:
Three Movements from Petrouchka
Hyperion Knight — pianist / Wilson Audiophile Recordings
Hybrid Stereo SACD plays on both CD and SACD players
Pianist Hyperion Knight was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. He
started piano lessons at age 4 and debuted professionally at 14 in San Rafael,
California, playing Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto. He earned his Bachelor of
Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, his Master of Arts
Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and his doctorate at 22 from the
same institution. Appropriate to this recording, his dissertation was on
Beethoven's "Waldstein" piano sonata. In 1983 he was appointed principal pianist
with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra.
For this recording a custom-built 9-foot concert grand piano was used. This
unique instrument, built by Sheldon Smith in his Berkeley, Calif., workshop —
where the recording also took place — has a powerful lower register, which
provides a substantial left-hand foundation. The upper registers are somewhat
less damped and more ringing than is typical of contemporary pianos.
Schoeps omnidirectional condenser microphones, in a spaced pair, were used in
conjunction with vacuum tube record amplifiers to capture a harmonically rich
and accurate sound.
About the performance:
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in C Major, Op. 53: When Beethoven left Bonn in 1792, few
could have envisioned the titanic creations which would follow his arrival in
Vienna. The Count Ferdinand von Waldstein could hardly have foreseen the
prophetic nature of his parting words to Beethoven: "Mozart's genius is still
mourning the death of his ward. In the inexhaustible Haydn he found a refuge but
no employment... Through unremitting industry you shall receive Mozart‘s spirit
from the hands of Haydn." One can only imagine the exhilaration with which the
Count must have greeted the sonata whose dedication immortalized his name.
STRAVINSKY: Trois Movements de Petrouchka The trilogy of ballets which
Stravinsky wrote for the famed Ballet Russe during the years 1910-1914 are a
milestone in the history of music. Each in its own way makes a unique
contribution to the evolution of music in the twentieth century. "L‘Oiseau de
Feu" (1910) demonstrated to the world that Stravinsky was an orchestrator whose
innovations would broaden the spectrum of the symphonic expression, even
surpassing the achievements of his mentor, Rimsky-Korsakov. The early successes
of the "Firebird", however, were only a prelude to the full realization of
Stravinsky‘s artistic vision. Perhaps no moment in the history of music except
the "Eroica." has had the revolutionary impact of "Le Sacre du Printemps"
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on
most conventional CD Players!
• Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
Hyperion Knight, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein"
1. Allegro Con Brio
2. Adagio Molto
3. Allegretto Moderato
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
4. Danse Russe
5. Chez Petrouchka
6. La Semaine Grass