In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven, the driving Presto from the Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ Minor “Quasi una fantasia”, op. 27, No. 2. Performed on the fortepiano by Eric Zivian. The sound of the piano in the time of Beethoven was quite different than that of the modern piano, and in this video you will hear the original colors, textures, and the inner voices of the music as they sounded at the time of composition. Filmed in 4K, ultra high definition video, with 96/24 audio on a period instrument. The graceful and dance-like texture of the Allegretto is a perfect foil to the framing movements, Franz Liszt described it as “a flower between two abysses.” This video is a coproduction of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival and Voices of Music.
After many years of exploring, performing and recording the chamber music of the Classical and Romantic periods on period instruments, founders Tanya Tomkins and Eric Zivian have come to the conclusion that these well-known pieces can be experienced in a completely new way, not only through the unique qualities of period instruments but also through a full understanding of period style. For the past ten years, directors Eric and Tanya have immersed themselves in Classical and Romantic music on period instruments: recording, performing, and teaching these pieces from a historic perspective; this experience led to the idea of starting a music festival devoted to performing and teaching this repertory on period instruments. The Valley of the Moon Music Festival is not just an exciting series of summer concerts in the beautiful town of Sonoma, but it is also a place for emerging musicians to thrive as they incorporate this chamber music into their professional lives. This video is a unique collaboration between the Valley of the Moon Festival and the Voices of Music Great Works Project. The Great Works Project makes Classical Music available free anywhere in the world, and these materials can be used by students and teachers and as part of the curriculum of schools and conservatories. Our video channel is one of the largest and most accessible classical music channels in the world. More than two million viewers watch our videos each month, all completely free. Fortepiano by Paul Poletti, after Jean-Louis Dulcken, 1795