Beethoven Fantasia Sonata (world premiere)

by Martin Oei, piano

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Ludwig van Beethoven, Fantasia sonata in D (1792)
Reconstruction: Cees Nieuwenhuizen

It is interesting to know that there are many more unfinished than completed compositions of Beethoven which have been preserved. In these fragments one sees ideas for individual works. In the so-called Kafka sketchbook, which was published in 1970 in London, a large number of manuscripts were bundled from the period 1786 until 1799: approximately 500 fragments.

Fantasiesonata in D (1792)
To make the Fantasia sonata sketch playable, Cees Nieuwenhuizen had to make well-considered decisions. The first movement is almost completed, but he had to fill in the phrasing and some dynamics by comparing the sonatas no. 13, 14 and 15 with the Fantasia Sonata. The second movement is less elaborate; mainly the left hand was missing. Luckily the composer gave indications for the use of the left hand. The third movement was the real challenge, but Nieuwenhuizen also reconstructed this by comparing with other sonatas. This CD is the premiere of this reconstruction.
The words Für Elise are almost unreadably written on top of the manuscript, but this piece is probably dedicated to Therese Malfatti. Because of the hard to read handwriting the name was misread. This piece should have the title Für Therese. The so-called second version of the Für Elise appeared in 1989 in a musicological edition. In this edition a lot of notes and musical notations are not clear. Cees Nieuwenhuizen compiled a practical version based on this edition and it is this version that Martin Oei has recorded.


released October 10, 2012

Martin Oei, piano
Cees Nieuwenhuizen, reconstruction



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