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Complete Piano Sonatas

Craig Sheppard, piano

Performed chronologically and recorded Live in Seattle’s Meany Theater Craig Sheppard won the Silver Prize at the Leeds Piano competition in the same year that Murray Perahia won the gold. He has had a successful international career as a soloist, living in England for twenty years and giving concerts around the world. He has made recordings for EMI, ASV and other labels. He is presently Professor of Piano at Washington UniversityThese recordings represent the seven concerts given by Craig Sheppard at Seattle’s Meany Theater, from January 2003 through May of 2004.
The sonatas were performed chronologically, so as to trace Beethoven’s growth from a compositional, a spiritual, and an intellectual perspective. Written between the ages of twenty-five and fifty-two, these works have long constituted one of the central canons of Western classical music.
Sheppard sees them as essential to an understanding of our own individual transformations as we progress through life. In essence, Beethoven’s struggle is a metaphor for not only our own individual journeys, but also for the collective journey of an entire planet.