Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”); Daniel Barenboim (piano), live, Berlin, 2005
This piece, even after decades of listening, never fails to sweep me away: its second (11:30-) and third (15:45-) movements are as intimate, as panoramic, as thrilling as anything I know.
Lorrie Moore, reading from her new story collection (Bark):