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Horn Sonata in F major, Op 17


Beethoven’s Sonata, Op 17, was first performed on 18 April 1800 in Vienna, with the virtuoso horn player Giovannni Punto and Beethoven as the pianist. This piece is typical of Beethoven’s sonatas in that it could easily be described as a piano sonata with a horn obligato. Allegedly Beethoven had first arrived in Vienna and was rather bemused to see a billboard for a concert the following day to include a new sonata for horn and piano. As he had no time, he quickly wrote out a horn part for Punto and improvised the piano part himself. At the performance the piece was rapturously received, so much so that the audience demanded a repeat performance!

from notes by Richard Watkins © 2019


Beethoven: Cello Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA67981/22CDsStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The romantic horn
Studio Master: SIGCD556Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Movement 1: Allegro moderato
Movement 2: Poco adagio, quasi andante
Movement 3: Rondo: Allegro moderato

Track-specific metadata for CDA67981/2 disc 2 track 13

Rondo: Allegro moderato
Recording date
18 December 2012
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jens Braun
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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  1. Beethoven: Cello Sonatas (CDA67981/2)
    Disc 2 Track 13
    Release date: January 2014
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