Encounters with Beethoven

Saleem Ashkar plays Beethoven’s piano sonata cycle in eight concerts

Saleem Ashkar not only plays all 32 piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven: integral elements of his comprehensive project include atmospheric film and interview sequences. The pianist recorded them while performing the cycle in Israel and Germany. For Ashkar, who was born in Nazareth and trained in Europe before making Berlin his home, Beethoven is a musical revolutionary, mastermind and pioneer: “In addition to playing music, I wanted to explore the context in which the works were written – how they were perceived in Beethoven’s time and have been ever since.”

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Listen to Beethoven's sonatas - curated by Saleem Ahskar himself.

Note: The selected pieces have not been played by Saleem Ashkar.