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Polonaise in C major, Op 89


The polonaise, a stately Polish dance distinguished by its characteristic rhythm, was popular among European nobility in the early nineteenth century. Beethoven dedicated his Polonaise in C major, Op 89, to the Empress Elisabeth Alexeyevna of Russia, whom he met at the Congress of Vienna. The Empress rewarded Beethoven with a fee of 50 ducats. Beethoven’s Polonaise begins with a flourish before settling into a lively, delectable dance tune. Even a C minor interlude is fleeting, and contains nothing of Beethoven’s signature C minor Sturm und Drang (cf. the Fifth Symphony, Pathétique Sonata, et al.); this Polonaise enjoys fair weather from start to finish.

from notes by Patrick Castillo © 2017


Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 & works for solo piano
Studio Master: SIGCD525Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 16 on SIGCD525 [5'25] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD525 track 16

Recording date
20 April 2017
Recording venue
St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Anna Barry
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
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  1. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 & works for solo piano (SIGCD525)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: May 2018
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