Editors’ Notes Beethoven’s bagatelles, which he wrote throughout his life, tend to be overshadowed by the 32 piano sonatas. But look closer, and you’ll find that they’re every bit as inventive. These perfect miniatures form a fascinating glimpse into Beethoven’s artistic development, with Paul Lewis’ crystalline playing the perfect guide. The early 7 Bagatelles show a composer flexing his muscles: No. 7 nods to the later “Waldstein” Sonata while the skittish No. 2 gives Haydn’s high jinks a run for their money. Beethoven called his Op. 119 set “trifles”—many of them are brief (No. 10 is 12 seconds long), but their spontaneity is magical. The 6 Bagatelles, Op. 126 are pure late Beethoven—under their surface simplicities lie breathtaking enigmas.

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7 Bagatelles, Op. 33
I. Andante grazioso quasi allegretto (E-Flat Major)
1
 
II. Scherzo. Allegro (C Major)
2
 
III. Allegretto (F Major)
3
 
IV. Andante (A Major)
4
 
V. Allegro ma non troppo (C Major)
5
 
VI. Allegretto quasi andante (D Major)
6
 
VII. Presto (A-Flat Major)
7
 
11 Bagatelles, Op. 119
I. Allegretto (G Minor)
8
 
II. Andante con moto (C Major)
9
 
III. à l'Allemande (D Major)
10
 
IV. Andante cantabile (A Major)
11
 
V. Risoluto (C Minor)
12
 
VI. Andante. Allegretto (G Major)
13
 
VII. [Allegro ma non troppo] (C major)
14
 
VIII. Moderato cantabile (C Major)
15
 
IX. Vivace moderato (A Minor)
16
 
X. Allegramente (A Major)
17
 
XI. Andante ma non troppo (B-Flat Major)
18
 
6 Bagatelles, Op. 126
I. Andante con moto, cantabile e con piacevole (G Major)
19
 
II. Allegro (G Major)
20
 
III. Andante, Cantabile ed espressivo (E-Flat Major)
21
 
IV. Presto (B Major)
22
 
V. Quasi allegretto (G Major)
23
 
VI. Presto. Andante amabile e con moto (E-Flat Major)
24
 
Bagatelle in A Minor, WoO 59 ʻFür Eliseʼ
25
 
Klavierstück in B-Flat Major, WoO 60
26
 
Klavierstück in B Minor, WoO 61
27
 
Klavierstück in G Minor, WoO 61a
28
 
Fantasia in G Minor, Op. 77
29
 

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