Beethoven, intimate.

  1. The third movement of the string quartet no. 15
    It has a title, in german "Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenden an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart", referencing to a sickness he was cured from while composing the quartet. Maybe it is the somewhat unusual key which makes the piece so expressive while staying silent; it really sounds like somebody who recovers from his illness and hence cannot yet speak so loud.
  2. The last movement of the piano sonata no. 31
    It starts in minor key, very similar in attitude as the third movement of piano sonata no. 29. At some point a fugue starts, and different from many other fugues beethoven wrote, this one is just beautiful and leads to a resolution of the tragic tension from the beginning of the piece. Sometimes fugues are considered as some kind of "formal" approach to music, lacking emotional expression. But a true master like Beethoven uses form as a vehicel of emotion and not as substitute.
  3. The third movement of the Hammerklaviersonate
    Starts of in a resignated attitude, which slowly dissolves into something more optimistic (this gets murdered in the last movement though).
  4. The 2nd movement of the string quartet no. 8
    Who knew that scales could sound so great? I really admire the clarity of the piece.
  5. The "grand fugue" in string quartet no. 13
    I have not heard many pieces with this intensity. When listening, i have the feeling of experiencing an internal conflict: often the fugue resolves itself into something less violent, just to come back once more, culminating in - well, the middle. Afterwards, it seems like one of the parties won.
  6. 2nd and 3rd Movement of the piano Sonata no. 7
    The 2nd Movement is really dark, but the 3rd Movement is one of these pieces by Beethoven which bring the joy back.
  7. 5th movement from the String Quartet no. 14
    Very sad.