The two exquisite op.14 sonatas….

On to the exquisite two op.14 sonatas today. A relaxation after the strenuous and
revolutionary drama of the op 10s and 13 (Pathétique), yet they are elusive and in their
way subtly subversive. Some maddeningly fiddly bits in them as well, even though they
donʼt sound “difficult” to the listener. I bet the Baroness Josefa von Braun, the dedicatee, loved them. Canʼt help wondering if Beethoven had a crush on her – the music is, in its gentle and discreet way, so full of passion. It seems her husband committed suicide in 1819… (the sonatas date from 1798 /99).

Portrait believed to be of Baroness Josefa von Braun, this photo is from http://www.wilnitsky.com/scripts/redgallery1.dll/details?No=27661

Portrait believed to be of Baroness Josefa von Braun, this photo is from http://www.wilnitsky.com/scripts/redgallery1.dll/details?No=27661