Timothy Ehlen
Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. III


Timothy Ehlen, piano

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Track Listing

1. Allegro molto e con brio [6:05]
2. Largo, con gran espressione [8:26]
3. Allegro [5:28]
4. Rondo. Poco Allegretto e grazioso [7:19]

SONATA NO. 5 IN C MINOR, OP. 10, NO. 1 [17:39]
5. Allegro molto e con brio [5:00]
6. Adagio molto [8:15]
7. Finale. Prestissimo [4:14]

8. Allegro con brio [8:45]
9. Introduzione. Adagio molto— [3:34]
10. Rondo. Allegretto moderato—Prestissimo [10:00]

SONATA NO. 27 IN E MINOR, OP. 90 [11:52]
11. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck [5:10]
12. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen [6:37]

Currently Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Timothy Ehlen has performed extensively in the United States and Europe as a soloist and chamber player. After his Lincoln Center debut in Alice Tully Hall in 1988, sponsored by the World Piano Competition, 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.” New York Concert Review hailed Timothy Ehlen’s 1997 recital in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, presented on the ProPiano Recital Series, 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].

In addition to numerous solo, concerto and chamber performances at the Krannert Center in Champaign, recent recitals include Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall on the ProPiano Recital Series, Cleveland Orchestra Schubert Bi-Centennial Series in Cleveland, festival Recontres Internationales de Piano en Alsace, International Franz Liszt Festival in France; regular appearances on the series “Sundays Live” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Old First Concerts in San Francisco, Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna, Kum Ho Art Hall in Seoul, Korea; numerous universities, including the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Indiana University in Bloomington, and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and a concerto performance at the 2004 American Liszt Society Conference in Champaign. Mr. Ehlen has been heard frequently on National Public Radio, in addition to numerous independent broadcasts of
major market performances in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc. Dedicated to developing the artistry of young pianists, Mr. Ehlen teaches numerous master classes at major conservatories and universities, including Eastman, San Francisco Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Boston University, Seoul National University, etc.

Timothy Ehlen’s CD, “To the Distant Beloved,” containing the Schumann Fantasie and other works was released in 2005 on the Azica label, to critical acclaim. The American Record guide raved: “Played with deep feeling…the almost orchestral grandeur of the second part is also perfectly realized, and the ‘Langsam getragen’ of the last section is of overwhelming beauty…this performance, like cream, rises to the top.” Previous recordings have appeared on the Crystal, Omnibus, and Felia Mundi labels. Active as a competition adjudicator, he has served on the international juries of the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, and as a screening judge for the Cleveland International Competition, among others. Mr. Ehlen performs and teaches at summer music festivals, including most recently Rencontres Musicales en Lorraine in Nancy, France, the Vienna International Piano Academy in Austria, the Chautauqua Music Festival in Chautauqua, New York, and the Summer Piano Institute at the University of Illinois.

Mr. Ehlen 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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