Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54

    Description by James Reel

    This brief work falls right between Beethoven's monumental "Waldstein" and "Appassionata" sonatas, with the "Eroica" Symphony lurking nearby. Playable on a five-octave keyboard, this little sonata lures amateurs and then snares them in unexpected technical complications. Billed as minuet, the first movement takes a measured, deliberate tempo, the simple, pleasant, ruminative theme lifting up from the bass. However, just when the student pianist starts enjoying the somewhat complacent mood of this beginning, the trio storms through with nasty octaves in both hands. This development, which really feels like a strange interruption, seems inexplicable. Returning in a slightly more ornate form, the stately opening utterance leads, once again, to the ill-tempered trio, then appears again, goes through transformations which include some dissonant chords, and ends. The second of the two movements, an Allegretto, is one of Beethoven's typical perpetual-motion rondos. This one has a dark edge to it, veering into the minor and keeping up the flood of sixteenth notes, thus seriously limiting the individuality of the various episodes. Amateurs generally must give up entirely by the time they reach the strenuous coda, in which the two hands race each other to the final bar.

    Parts/Movements

    1. In tempo d'un menuetto
    2. Allegretto

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Signum Classics SIGCD 527
    2018 Audite AUD 21451
    2017 Steinway / Steinway & Sons 30080
    2017 Claudio / Claudio Bohema CB 55782
    2017 Warner Classics 9029586922
    2017 Nonesuch 7559793638
    2017 Ayros AYRA 03
    2017 Albany Records TROY 1661
    2017 Deux-Elles DXL 1166
    2017 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 16030
    2017 Sony Classical 88985395212
    2017 Deutsche Grammophon 4797371
    2016 Chandos CHAN 109253
    2016 Warner Classics 0190295975050
    2016 RCA Red Seal 88875169792
    2015 Deutsche Grammophon
    2015 Ondine ODE 12682D
    2015 Avie AV 2320
    2015 Doremi Records DHR 8043
    2015 Sony Classical 88843014702
    2014 Claves
    2014 Claves CD 50130413
    2014 Deutsche Grammophon 4794120
    2014 PentaTone Classics PTC 5186490
    2014 BIS BIS 2000
    2014 Azica Records ACD 71288
    2013 Brilliant Classics 94630
    2013 Mirare MIR 187
    2013 Praga / Praga Digitals PRDDSD 350079
    2013 ATMA Classique ACD 22490
    2013 Warner Classics
    2013 Regis Records RRC 1398
    2013 Hänssler Classic CD 93720
    2012 Decca
    2012 Decca
    2012 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099946495228
    2012 EMI Classics
    2012 Warner Classics
    2012 EMI Classics 5099995391328
    2012 Harmonia Mundi HMC 902138
    2012 PentaTone Classics PTC 5186390
    2012 Zig Zag Territoires ZIG 304
    2012 Warner Classics
    2012 Marquis Classics 774718151322
    2012 Urania WS 121175
    2011 Brilliant Classics 94052
    2011 Cambria CD 11751185
    2011 Decca 478 2607
    2011 Decca 4782607
    2011 Transart Live TR101
    2011 Caro Mitis CM 0062010
    2011 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2011 RCA Red Seal 88697875102
    2011 EMI Classics
    2011 IBA [Idil Biret Archives] 8.571269
    2011 Transart Live / Transart Live TR111
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94075
    2010 Chandos 10616
    2010 Musical Concepts ALN 1901
    2010 EMI Classics 6483092
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 Philips
    2010 Oehms Classics 661
    2010 Bridge 9274
    2010 Solal 6
    2010 Orfeo 808109
    2009 Decca 4781821
    2009 Harmonia Mundi 290190211
    2009 Decca 00028947821410
    2009 Document / Documents 223051
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon 4624832
    2009 EMI Classics 13251
    2009 Haenssler / Hänssler Classic 98200
    2008 BIS 1573
    2008 Decca 4657132
    2008 Deutsche Grammophon 447966
    2008 Deutsche Grammophon
    2008 Thorofon / Zebralution
    2008 Berlin Classics 184472
    2008 ECM 001081402
    2008 Avi 8553088
    2008 Cembal d'amour 133
    2008 Brilliant 93761
    2007 Decca 000794702
    2007 Connoisseur Society 4263/2
    2007 Cascade Records 2200
    2007 Brilliant Classics 93525
    2007 Cascavelle 3100
    2007 Haenssler 98207
    2007 EMI Classics 3777672
    2007 EMI Classics 87739
    2007 Rca Red Seal 846052
    2007 Harmonia Mundi HMC90 1906/8
    2007 Vista Vera 80
    2007 Parlophone
    2006 Universal
    2006 Globe Records 5118
    2006 Melodiya MELCD 1000828
    2006 Rhino
    2006 Brilliant 99002
    2006 Avie 2082
    2006 Doremi Records 78649
    2006 Philips 475 7947
    2006 Philips 4757497
    2006 Decca 4757498
    2006 EMI Classics 347826
    2005 Romeo Entertainment 7233/41
    2005 Brilliant 92773
    2005 Decca 4756909
    2005 Warner Classics 62300
    2005 Nonesuch
    2005 Nonesuch
    2005 Decca 4756835
    2004 Newport Classic 59001
    2004 Stradivarius 33669
    2004 Rca Red Seal 59421
    2004 JVC Compact Discs 24018
    2004 EMI Music Distribution 62881
    2004 EMI Classics 5628802
    2004 Naxos 8110761
    2004 Resonance 101
    2004 EMI Classics 62700
    2004 Newport Classic 60172/3
    2004 Brilliant 92387
    2004 Dynamic 432/1-9
    2003 Deutsche Grammophon 000005902
    2003 Testament 1301
    2002 Music & Arts 4640
    2002 Brilliant 205211
    2001 Classica d'Oro 9001
    2001 Hungaroton 41003
    2001 Classica d'Oro 3017
    2001 EMI Music Distribution 56965
    2000 Arte Nova 40740
    2000 BBC Legends / BBC Music 40452
    2000 Thorofon 2139
    2000 Bongiovanni 5600
    2000 Testament 1190
    2000 Philips 468140
    2000 Arkadia 78532
    2000 GM Recordings 5001
    1999 Philips 438486
    1999 Deutsche Grammophon 463127
    1999 Brilliant 99093
    1999 Arkadia 78901
    1999 Deutsche Grammophon
    1999 Pearl 9139
    1998 Hungaroton 31634
    1998 Deutsche Grammophon
    1998 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 7243572912
    1998 Philips 462358
    1998 Zephyr 10697
    1998 Zephyr 97
    1997 Nimbus 1774
    1997 Deutsche Grammophon 453724
    1997 London 443706
    1996 Philips 446909
    1996 Forlane 16670
    1996 Analekta 24010
    1996 Vox 7532
    1995 Pavane 7071
    1995 London 443 012-2DF2
    1995 Nonesuch 79391
    1995 Live Classics 431
    1994 Naxos 505003
    1994 Naxos 550167
    1994 Telarc Distribution 80400
    1994 BIS 36
    1994 Philips 442464
    1993 Philips 438472
    1993 Elecktra Nonsuch 79328
    1993 ASV 6061
    1992 Vox 5042
    1992 Decca 433882
    1992 Telarc Distribution 80293
    1991 Deutsche Grammophon 429306
    1991 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 0777763765
    1991 Naxos 550167
    1991 Philips 432301
    1990 EMI Music Distribution 62901
    1990 Deutsche Grammophon 413766
    1990 Philips 412575
    1990 Teldec 71719
    Dante 107120
    Phonographe 5022
    Cascade Records 2225
    Amado Classics 03016
    RCA 6804
    Warner Music
    London 425590
    Philips Classics 412577
    Classic Art
    Brilliant 93525/50
    Brilliant 92773/6
    GM Recordings 2053
    Arte Nova 7432139101
    Music & Arts 640
    Brilliant 99009
    Brilliant 99109
    Brilliant 92387/16
    Olympia (Classical/Jazz) 5011
    EMI Music Distribution 62863
    Olympia (Classical/Jazz) 566
    Makiko Hirata
    Live Classics 622
    The Piano Library 288
    Brilliant 205215
    Rca Red Seal 88697573732
    Philips Classics 454170
    Philips 456549