Beethoven Unbound: Complete sonatas featuring Llŷr Williams
Any time that a pianist undertakes to record a complete set of anything in classical music, it’s bound to be an endeavor taking considerable time and effort. Take on the 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven, plus all the other solo piano pieces by one of music’s giants, and I imagine that it must be daunting. Enter Llŷr Williams, who has been lauded for his interpretations of the great man’s music, who took a different approach than the many who have come before: rather than arrange them in published order, the Welsh-born pianist paired pieces together by their relative character, and how well they sound together. As a programmer of a radio station, this is something I can relate to (although for me, the work of performing has already been done!).
Williams shares his experiences recording late into the night with a live audience in London’s Wigmore Hall, and insight into the composer, who as his deafness increased, retreated into his own world. As a result, we received the gift of some of the most sublime music for piano ever written.
Beethoven Unbound – Live from Wigmore Hall / Llŷr Williams