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Sharing releases, present and past, to brighten your day. WXXI Classical has its eyes and ears on the latest releases from classical artists working today. When we come across a story or a release we think you might enjoy, we’ll be sharing it with you on CD Spotlight. You’ll learn more about the artists online at WXXI Classical, and you’ll hear selections from these artists on FM 91.5. CD Spotlight shares new releases by artists that you’ll want to know and some by great artists and ensembles that deserve to be in the spotlight again.

CD Spotlight: Ludwig van Beethoven, Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1

Ludwig van Beethoven wrote 32 sonatas for solo piano, and they reflect the many sides of his musical style over the course of his life.

Pianist and Eastman School of Music Professor Alexander Kobrin has been playing all of these sonatas in concerts each month this year at Eastman, and he is also releasing them as a series of studio recordings. In addition to Beethoven’s passion and storminess, Kobrin says he finds in this music “warmth, kindness, sweetness, and humor.”

You can hear his thoughtful interpretation in the first album of the project, Beethoven’s first eight sonatas, as we spotlight this first installment on WXXI Classical over the next couple weeks.

And don’t sleep on the opportunity to hear him play Beethoven’s piano sonatas live. The next concert in hisseries of monthly recitals is February 1st at 7:30pm at Eastman’s Hatch Recital Hall.

Mona Seghatoleslami is the host and producer on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. She also hosts the lunchtime concert series Live From Hochstein Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m., interviews musicians, produces special programs, and works on any project she can find that helps connect people and music in our community through WXXI.