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Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26
I. Andante con variazioni
II. Scherzo: Allegro molto
III. Marcia funebre
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat major, Op. 27, No. 1, "Quasi una fantasia"
I. Andante - Allegro
II. Allegro molto e vivace
III. Adagio con espressione
IV. Allegro vivace - Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight"
I. Adagio sostenuto
III. Presto agitato
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28, "Pastoral"
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo
“Vol 4 of his cycle matched its predecessors' excellences stimulating interpretations that take historic performance practices into account, yet leave plenty of room for personal expression. In the Moonlight Sonata the straightforward Allegretto seems a shade literal and characterless, yet more than one edgy crescendo gives Brautigam's poker face away. It hardly prepares you for a Presto agitato from hell; such controlled fury and unrelenting intensity, yet musical to the core, and never banged out.”
“…another fine instalment in Brautigam's continuing Beethoven cycle, with all the music's drama and urgency vividly captured, and a warmly expressive approach to the slow movements without a hint of sentimentality.”
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