Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos 20, 21, 23, 28 & 30

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos 20, 21, 23, 28 & 30

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Naxos

Catalogue No:

8112063
(8.112063)

Discs:

1

Release date:

30th Aug 2011

Barcode:

0636943206379

Length:

78 minutes

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CD (download also available)
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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos 20, 21, 23, 28 & 30

Historical Recordings 1938-1940


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49 No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109


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Reissue Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer: Ward Marston

Hailed as ‘the new Anton Rubinstein’ early in his career, Walter Gieseking sought to convey all the excitement and drama in Beethoven’s piano sonatas. This 1939 recording of the Waldstein Sonata was described in Gramophone as ‘distinguished by an amazing range of tone-colour, a neverfailing sensitiveness to the demands of the music, and tremendously vital rhythm.’ The ‘Appassionata’ was received in America as ‘a superb recording that conveys the most subtle nuances as well as emotional vigour’, and the Sonata Op. 101 as ‘one of the finest interpretations and recording... the work emerges with a balance and clarity that could not be improved upon.’.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49, No. 2

I. Allegro ma non troppo

II. Tempo di menuetto

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, "Waldstein"

I. Allegro con brio

II. Introduzione: Adagio molto

III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata"

I. Allegro assai

II. Andante con moto

III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101

I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung

II. Lebhaft. Marschmassig

III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll

IV. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

I. Vivace ma non troppo

II. Prestissimo

III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung: Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo

Gramophone Magazine

December 2011

“Gieseking creates his own distinctive ambience and, like a river in full spate, sweeps all before him. Here with a vengeance are reminders that pianists of a past generation invariably chose tempi faster than their successors; a quality dictated by the lighter instruments of the day...All lovers of an entirely individual pianistic genius will have to have this and, once again, Ward Marston's restoration is exemplary.”

MusicWeb International

March 2012

“whilst you never forget you are listening to 78 rpm records, you are conscious that they are in pristine condition and that they are not going to wear out! The piano sound itself is clean and immediate...Do listen to these performances. They are not mainstream, but they are very satisfying indeed.”

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