“In each volume of my complete recording of the piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven, I have clearly chosen the order of pieces with autobiographical criteria in mind. Over the past 15 years, my work as a pianist has increasingly migrated toward music-making in partnership with others. Although I started out mainly as a chamber musician collaborating with instrumentalists and singers, the focus has increasingly shifted toward duo recitals, primarily vocal recitals on a worldwide scale – but I never could have dreamed that such appearances would become so frequent that they would allow me to earn a stable living.
Whenever I was asked what became of my solo playing, I had to answer with a shrug, explaining that I needed a sort of sabbatical to let me practice solo repertoire undisturbed before I started giving solo piano recitals again. Then, COVID struck. All of a sudden, I had time on my hands.”
(Excerpt from the Booklet notes by Daniel Heide)