"Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major ("Les Adieux"), Op. 81a, would seem to be a programmatic or semi-programmatic piece of music, but there is some disagreement over the authenticity of that program ó or at least over the degree to which Beethoven desired that program to be publicly known. In the spring of 1809, the French army attacked Vienna, and Beethoven's friend, patron, and pupil Archduke Rudolph was forced to flee the city for many months. It is known that on May 21, 1809, Beethoven inscribed the words "On the departure of His Majesty the revered Archduke Rudolph" (originally in French) at the head of the score of his latest project, Op. 81a; but the first published edition of the sonata (1811) goes a step further, assigning to the sonata's three movements the titles "Les adieux," "l'absence," "et le retour" (the farewell, the absence, and the return), respectively. According to some, this assignment of a movement-by-movement program was at Beethoven's express directions; but other sources maintain that Beethoven was absolutely beside himself with fury that his publisher took such a liberty with his music. Whatever the case may be, there can be no doubt that Les Adieux is real and touching evidence of one friend's care for another, and it comes as no real surprise that the piece is far better known for its titles than for its superb music." - AMG.
This is an RCA "White Dog" Living Stereo recording from 1966. The RCA "Dogs" are considered to be of true Audiophile quality. This recording is no exception.
Very early pressing - 2S/2S.
The record is Nm.
The jacket is NM-.
The LP plays Mint.
A very clean, crisp recording. The solo Piano sounds like it is in the room with you. Great dynamics, fast transients, highly defined Piano and an intimate soundstage.
Minimal surface noise - a few audible 'ticks' but anything else extremely low-level.
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