Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Arthur Rubinstein: Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata

Arthur Rubinstein performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor ("Quasi una fantasia"), opus 27, No. 2—it known simply as "Moonlight Sonata." Beethoven completed the piece in 1801 and dedicated  it to his pupil, Countess Giulietta Guicciardi, in 1802. This version, by A. Rubinstein, is my favourite (thus far) of the many wonderful available interpretations; it is  both delicately controlled and full of finer feelings.