- Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32, Op. 111 - I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato Inna Faliks
The music on this disc is too unconventional to describe neatly. There are as many ways to play it as there are people who choose to play it. This is why the question “does the world need another Beethoven CD?” did not cause me too much grief while I was making this recording (though it did, of course, rear its taunting head). At any given moment, Beethoven is at once surprising and inevitable, direct and intricate, earthy and transcendent. Ever fresh, the music changes with each utterance. Recording it is a step in a wondrous journey. The four works on this disc present Beethoven’s boundless imagination in a number of guises.
Piano Sonata No, 32 in c minor, Op. 111
I. Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato
II. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)
Eroica Variation and Fugue in E Flat Major, Op. 35
Opening and Theme
Fugue and Finale
Polonaise in C Major, Op. 89
Fantasia in g minor, Op. 7
“…authoritative and incisive performances of the Eroica Variations and the Op.111 Sonata… Faliks’ honest technique and meticulous filigree merit admiration and respect.”
“I was not familiar with Inna Faliks until now, and neither apparently is our site, but one hopes that the newfound acquaintance will be developed further. She is a remarkable Ukrainian pianist with chops to burn, a forceful technique and extremely attentive spirit to that of Beethoven. This is a fine recital in warm, resonant sound that highlights the clarity and reasonable sense of balance and voicing that Faliks brings to the instrument. With a desirable program to boot, this is an easy item to recommend.”
“Poetry … A kind of panoramic vision that looks ahead almost to the world of Gustav Mahler emerged in Faliks’ performance of Beethoven’s Sonata, Op. 111.”
February 2020 at LA City College: Ludwig van Beethoven’s 6 Bagatelles, opus 126, with Inna Faliks on piano.