Timothy Ehlen
Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. IV


Timothy Ehlen, piano

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Track Listing

Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3 [21:58]
1. Allegro con brio [7:13]
2. Adagio [6:04]
3. Scherzo. Allegro [3:07]
4. Allegro assai [5:19]

Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2 [14:02]
5. Allegro [5:41]
6. Allegretto [4:10]
7. Presto [4:01]

Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 Appassionata [23:20]
8. Allegro assai–più Allegro [9:33]
9. Andante con moto– [6:01]
10. Allegro ma non troppo–Presto [7:36]

Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110 [18:37]
11. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo [6:29]
12. Allegro molto [2:20]
13. Adagio ma non troppo—Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo [9:48]

Timothy Ehlen has performed extensively in the United States and Europe as a soloist and chamber player. He first gained international attention after winning the World Piano Competition in 1987; after his subsequent debut in Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall in 1988, the New York Times raved that his “playing was filled with elegant personality… recalled bygone artists like Robert Casadesus and, especially Walter Gieseking in their mastery of both 18th century and impressionist music…immaculate technique.” The Pro Piano Recital Series sponsored his 1997 recital in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, which the New York Concert Review hailed as “…an absolutely remarkable tour-de-force.” Recitals in France, Germany, and Korea have elicited a similarly enthusiastic response: “Sensitive and tender creativity [in Ravel]” [Fürther Nachrichten] and “behind the fire hid a heartfelt emotion, held together by tender affection [in Beethoven]” [L’Alsace].

Timothy Ehlen is currently Associate Professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Dedicated to fostering young talent, Mr. Ehlen regularly presents master classes at major universities and conservatories, including The San Francisco Conservatory, Seoul National University, Yonsei University and others in Korea, Eastman School of Music, The Chautauqua Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, The Colburn School of Music, California Institute of the Arts, Idyllwild School for the Arts in Los Angeles, Cleveland Institute of Music, Boston University, etc.

While Ehlen’s repertoire emphasizes the classic-romantic masterworks, he has premiered several new works for piano, including the New York premieres of the BMI award-winning composition, Homage to Ralph Shapey (1985) by Bryan Pezzone, and a major work for piano duo, Die Versuchungen des Heiligen Antonius, by the German composer Wolfgang-Andreas Schultz.

Mr. Ehlen has taught and performed at the summer festivals Rencontres Musicales en Lorraine in Nancy, France, the Vienna International Piano Academy in Vienna, Austria, and the Chautauqua Music Festival in New York; he currently spends summers at the Brevard Music Institute.

He completed his BM and MM studies with John Perry at the University of Southern California, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Paul Schenly at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Timothy Ehlen is an International Steinway Artist.

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