18 minutes | Mar 4, 2021

Honens @ Home: Pavel Kolesnikov performs Beethoven

Today, we head back to the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition for a performance of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 by Prize Laureate Pavel Kolesnikov. While the piece is well known as the "Moonlight Sonata," Beethoven never knew that title. The nickname came five years after Beethoven's death from music critic and German poet Ludwig Rellstab. Upon hearing the first movement, Rellstab said it sounded like moonlight shining on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.  -Watch the video edition of this excerpt at honens.com/home.
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