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Beethoven: Sparks of Joy

Beethoven: Sparks of Joy

Beethoven’s piano sonata Op. # 3 in E-flat major, “The Hunt,” was written in 1802.

The third of the Opus 31 sonatas is affectionately known as “The Hunt”, a nickname that describes only the last movement – fast, rollicking, and full of “horn calls”. This is one of Beethoven’s most good-natured works, displaying grace, charm, and wit throughout.

British pianist George Harliono recorded this sonata in the “Snape Maltings” concert hall – a repurposed building originally used for brewing beer and now famous for its superb acoustics. [Notes by Margaret Scialdone.]

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