Beethoven- Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 - Stravinsky- Petrushka (1983)

Beethoven, Stravinsky

Hyperion Knight

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.

The circumstances surrounding the creation of Petrouchka are well documented. After Stravinsky’s resounding success with “L’Oiseau de Feu” Diaghilev was most enthusiastic about the next proposed project, “Le Sacre du Printemps". Stravinsky, evidently, felt the need for a momentary respite before tackling such a monumental project. In his own words:
“Before tackling the Sacre du Printemps...I wanted to refresh myself by composing an orchestral piece in which the piano would play the most important part-a sort of Konzertstuck. In composing the music, I had in mind a distinct picture of a puppet, suddenly endowed with life, exasperating the patience of the orchestra with diabolical cascades of arpeggios. The outcome is a terrific noise which reaches its climax and ends in the sorrowful and querulous collapse of the poor puppet."

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Hyperion Knight

HYPERION KNIGHT was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. He started piano lessons at the age of 4, and debued professionally at 14 in San Rafael, California, playing Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. While studying with Nathan Schwartz in San Francisco, Knight received his Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He moved to Cleveland and continued his studies, this time with Eunice Podis. His Master of Arts degree was earned from the Cleveland Institute of Music. At the age of 22, Hyperion Knight received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Appropriate to this recording, his dissertation was on the Beethoven’s “Waldstein” Piano Sonata. In 1983 he was appointed principal pianist with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Beethoven- Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 - Stravinsky- Petrushka (1983)

Beethoven, Stravinsky

Hyperion Knight

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"This is an utterly exciting recording. Buy it just to hear the piano, which has a more powerful lower register than even a Bosendorfer Imperial."

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Beethoven- Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 - Stravinsky- Petrushka (1983)

Beethoven, Stravinsky

Hyperion Knight

Mastering Engineer:Rick Goldman
Microphones:Schoeps
Recording Engineer:

David A. Wilson
The perspective chosen for this recording is close enough to create the illusion that the instrument is in the listener's room, yet not so close as to give the impression of being “inside the instrument." The relatively intimate microphone placement allows the musical lines to be followed with great detail, which proves to be particularly rewarding with the Petrouchka.

Recording location:Workshop of Sheldon Smith, Builder of the grand piano
Recording Type & Bit Rate:Analog to DSD64

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"Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, ""Waldstein"" - I. Allegro con brio"
Beethoven
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"Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, ""Waldstein"" - II. Introduzione: Adagio molto - III. Rondo
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3 Movements from Petrushka - No. 1. Danse russe (Russian Dance)
Stravinsky
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3 Movements from Petrushka - No. 2. Chez Petrouchka (Petrushka's Cell)
Stravinsky
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3 Movements from Petrushka - No. 3. La semaine grasse (The Shrove-tide Fair)
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