Rudolf Serkin

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Rudolf Serkin

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1st Sept 2008




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Rudolf Serkin


Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'

Recorded: Royal Festival Hall, London, 13 May 1968

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110

Recorded: Royal Festival Hall, London, 16 June 1971



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This is the third CD of Rudolf Serkin's celebrated London concerts featuring the Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. Here we have the 'Hammerklavier' and Op.110, two giants of the piano literature and given Olympian performances by Serkin conveying his lifelong understanding of these late works.

This 'live' broadcast release has been officially endorsed by Peter Serkin, Rudolf's son.

Rudolf Serkin was famous for his Beethoven interpretations which in 1968 and 1971 represented high points in the pianist's long career. Serkin went onto record these same sonatas around this time but he was, by his own admission, always at his best away from the confines of the studio.

Superb recording by the BBC in London's Royal Festival Hall

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier"

I. Allegro

II. Scherzo: Assai vivace - Presto - Tempo I

III. Adagio sostenuto, appassionato e con molto sentimento

IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110

I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo

II. Allegro molto

III. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo

Gramophone Magazine

November 2008

“…in two incomparable performances taken from 1968 and 1971 Royal Festival Hall recitals, his candour and intensity are of a searing force and conviction.”

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