These three piano sonatas outline a progression from the despair of the Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, written at the same time as the start of the famous Heiligenstadt Testament , when Ludwig van Beethoven s realisation that his deafness was complete and permanent drove him to contemplate suicide, via his courageous fight back, brilliantly expressed in the irrepressible optimism of the Piano Sonata No. 21 in C, Waldstein , Op. 53 towards the lofty spiritual aspirations of the Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat, Op. 110. 50 years after his victory in the International Liszt-Bartók Piano Competition David Wilde s masterful interpretations are the fruit of a lifetime s experience of studying and performing these towering masterpieces.