He brings to Op. 109's opening movement a suitable effortlessness, contrasting a billowing airiness with a steelier approach to the recitative-like writing. One of Tharaud's stylistic traits..."
Tharaud records Beethoven for the first time! Beethoven's last three sonatas, Nos. 30, 31, 32, composed 1820-22. They are considered some of the most difficult works in the repertoire. The NY Times said "[Alexandre Tharaud] imbued the opening of Beethoven's Sonata No.31 (Op. 110) with a poetic introspection..." Arte broadcast of Alexandre performing Beethoven.
1. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
2. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: II. Allegro molto
3. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: III. Adagio, ma non troppo - Fuga; Allegro, ma non tro
1. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
2. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: II. Arietta - Adagio molto semplice e cantabile