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

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'

Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale'

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'

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

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

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'

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

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


Andor Foldes (piano)

FIRST RELEASE ON CD

A couple of years after making these Beethoven recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Andor Foldes remarked that ‘I am not a prodigy and I am not an octogenarian. I just have to be good’. Such plain-spoken reserve might be considered characteristically Hungarian. Eloquence has already released Foldes’s long-esteemed albums of his fellow countrymen Bartók (ELQ4807100) and Kodály (ELQ4807099).

However, he was best-known in English-speaking countries for his performances, and latterly his no-nonsense teaching, of Beethoven. This 2CD release of sonatas is one of three issues of his recordings of the composer’s music for Deutsche Grammophon, made in the late 1950s and early 1960s. (Two available this month, one in May.)

The special grasp Foldes had of Beethoven’s idiom was recognised early in life. At sixteen, he played the ‘Pathétique’ Sonata to Emil von Sauer, whose own virtuoso days were long behind him. At length, von Sauer rose from his seat, went over to the boy and kissed him on the forehead. ‘My son,’ said von Sauer to Foldes, ‘when I was your age I became a student of Liszt. He kissed me on the forehead after my first lesson, saying, “Take good care of this kiss – it comes from Beethoven, who gave it to me after hearing me play.” I have waited for years to pass on this sacred heritage, and now I feel you deserve it.’ The ‘Pathétique’ is here, of course, enriched by a further three decades’ insight and experience; so too are several of the best-known named sonatas as well as two ‘late’ ones, Op. 101 and Op. 109.

“Listening to it for the first time [Op.109], I was pleased to recognise familiar virtues: clear and limpid tone, for example, crisp textures and the technical ability to get round all the awkward corners of Beethoven’s piano writing with ease and naturalness.” Gramophone Magazine, December 1961

“Andor Foldes knows just what he is at… “Les Adieux” receives a wholly delightful performance… [he] exactly catches the mood… This is playing of great distinction.” Gramophone Magazine, July 1962

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Erik Then-Bergh: The complete Electrola & Deutsche Grammophon recordings 1938-1958

Erik Then-Bergh: The complete Electrola & Deutsche Grammophon recordings 1938-1958


Beethoven:

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

Bagatelle in E flat major, Op. 33 No. 1

Bagatelle, Op. 33 No. 4

Busoni:

Transcription of Bach's Partita BWV 1004

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 17 in B major, Op. 62 No. 1

Handel:

Keyboard Suite, HWV 429 in E minor

Reger:

Silhouetten, Op.53

Variations and Fugue on a theme by Georg Philipp Telemann, Op. 134

Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 114

Südwestfunk-orchester Baden-Baden, Hans Rosbaud

Schumann:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22


Erik Then-Bergh (piano)

Erik Then-Bergh (1916–1982) is almost forgotten today, content as he was to confine his career, the last twenty years of which were devoted to teaching, to Germany. But to hear this favourite of Furtwängler in his early recordings is to hear playing of the highest order – his combination of superlative technique at the service of deeply profound interpretation can only be compared with the very greatest of artists.

We present here his almost complete 78rpm recordings (only a Schumann Kinderszenen on Telefunken is missing) which were mostly made in Germany during the war and hence had little international circulation. Then-Bergh was renowned as a Reger player and in this centenary year of Reger’s death, which is also the centenary of Then Bergh’s birth, we include his stereo LP recording of the Reger Piano Concerto from 1958 which completes his Reger recordings.

Perhaps this quote from ‘The Record Book’ (USA 1948) reviewing Beethoven’s Op101 still sums up Then-Bergh’s 78 recordings today:

The performance by a pianist of whom we know nothing, Erik Then-Bergh, is spectacularly fine, and is backed by some of the best reproduction of piano tone we have ever heard.

“APR’s fitting centenary tribute will, I hope, raise the profile of this little known pianist.” MusicWeb International, 4th November 2016

“Then-Bergh is little-known outside his native Germany, but his centenary this year prompted a most welcome release. From a technically astonishing Bach/Busoni chaconne from 1938 to a persuasive, pointed Reger concerto recorded for DG in 1958, the impression one has is of a thoughtful, responsive artist from whom we should have heard more” Classical Music, January 2017 *****

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-32 (Complete)

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-32 (Complete)

Salzburg Festival 2014, Mozarteum


Beethoven’s opus of 32 piano sonatas, known as “the New Testament of piano music”, is a landmark in piano literature. Spanning Beethoven’s entire life, the sonatas reflect his whole development as a human being and a musician, moving from one century into the next, from one epoch in music in to another. With the sonatas “Pathétique”, “Moonlight”, “Waldstein”, “Appassionata”, “Hammerklavier” and the final sonata op. 111, the cycle contains some of the most known piano pieces of all time. Now, for the first time in its history the complete cycle was performed at the Salzburg Festival. For this challenge the Festival asked no less than the world-renowned and influential Beethoven expert and pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. With more than 45 performances of Beethoven’s complete sonata cycle in concert halls all over the world and his relentless drive to discover new details and facets in the sonatas through meticulous study of the scores, “Buchbinder has set new standards in the interpretation of Beethoven’s works” (Bayerischer Rundfunk).

BONUS: 36 minutes interview with Rudolf Buchbinder about the Beethoven Piano Sonatas

SOUND FORMAT Blu-ray: PCM 2.0, dts-HD MA 4.0

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: Bonus in German / Subtitles in English, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 644 mins Concert: 608 mins + Bonus: 36 mins

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C Major Rudolf Buchbinder Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas - 734804

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp 90, 101 & 106

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp 90, 101 & 106


Beethoven:

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

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

Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90


Read our exclusive interview with Steven Osborne about the Hammerklavier Sonata here.

Steven Osborne has repeatedly proved himself a Beethovenian of profound insight. In these three late sonatas—including the monumental ‘Hammerklavier’—he gives performances of stunning impact and lasting fulfilment.

“Fine performances, but I can’t imagine that anyone will want to listen to anything for sometime after this colossal Hammerklavier.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2016 *****

“[this] is about the big picture, objectivity and a powerful kinaesthesia that could propel rockets into space…the result is a virtuoso apotheosis as brilliant as molten iron from a blast furnace” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

“The Scottish pianist plays with an authority built on intelligent, very human musicianship: his accounts of these three late-period Beethoven sonatas are hugely personal but are never about him.” The Guardian, 6th October 2016 *****

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 5

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 5


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3

Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79

Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90

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


“In short, this excellently engineered release continues to substantiate Jonathan Biss as a cultivated, stylish, serious-minded and subtly playful Beethoven interpreter with something to say.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2016

“This is Beethoven playing of the highest order, shaping up to be the finest cycle since Richard Goode’s series from the last century.” Classical Music, August 2016 *****

Meyer Media Biss Beethoven Sonatas - MM16030

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David Matthews: Complete String Quartets Volume 4

David Matthews: Complete String Quartets Volume 4


Beethoven:

Bagatelles (11), Op. 119

transcribed D Matthews for string quartet

Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Op. 22 - Adagio

transcribed D Matthews for string quartet

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

transcribed D Matthews for string quartet

Matthews, D:

String Quartet No. 11, Op. 108

Diabelli Variation (version for string quartet)


This fourth CD in the series of David Matthews’s complete string quartets presents the String Quartet no.11 – a set of variations on the eighth of Beethoven’s Op.119 Bagatelles – and Matthews’s own contribution to the ‘Diabelli’ Variations, first written for piano and transcribed for string quartet – ‘a small miracle’, in the words of the violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved.

The disc also features Matthews’s complete Beethoven transcriptions for string quartet: the Piano Sonata no.28 in A major, op.101, the 11 New Bagatelles, op.119, and the slow movement of the Piano Sonata no.11 in B flat major, op.22.

The American critic Robert Reilly described the music on Volume 1 of this cycle of the Complete String Quartets of David Matthews (b.1943) as ‘some of the most concentrated, penetrating writing for this medium in the past 30 years or more. It is musical thinking of the highest order and quartet writing in the great tradition of Beethoven, Bartók, Britten, and Tippett.’

The Kreutzer Quartet – Peter Sheppard Skærved and Mihailo Trandafilovski, violins; Morgan Goff, viola; Neil Heyde, cello – have worked with David Matthews for many years now; many of his quartets were written with them in mind. The Kreutzer Quartet is also engaged on a project to record the string quartets of Beethoven’s friend and colleague Antoine Reicha, also for Toccata Classics.

Toccata Classics David Matthews' String Quartets - TOCC0318

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Beethoven Piano Sonatas Vol. 2

Beethoven Piano Sonatas Vol. 2

Salzburg Festival 2014, Mozarteum


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3

Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3

Piano Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31 No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49 No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'

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

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

Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10 No. 2


Beethoven’s opus of 32 piano sonatas, known as “the New Testament of piano music”, is a landmark in piano literature. Spanning Beethoven’s entire life, the sonatas reflect his whole development as a human being and a musician, moving from one century into the next, from one epoch in music in to another. With the sonatas “Pathétique”, “Moonlight”, “Waldstein”, “Appassionata”, “Hammerklavier” and the final sonata op. 111, the cycle contains some of the most known piano pieces of all time. Now, for the first time in its history the complete cycle was performed at the Salzburg Festival. For this challenge the Festival asked no less than the world-renowned and influential Beethoven expert and pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.. With more than 45 performances of Beethoven’s complete sonata cycle in concert halls all over the world and his relentless drive to discover new details and facets in the sonatas through meticulous study of the scores, “Buchbinder has set new standards in the interpretation of Beethoven’s works” (Bayerischer Rundfunk). This Blu-ray includes two concerts featuring sonatas Nos. 3, 6, 7, 16, 19, 24, 26, 28 and 29 (“Hammerklavier”).

SOUND FORMAT: Blu-ray: DTS-HD MA 4.0, PCM 2.0

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 172 mins

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C Major Rudolf Buchbinder Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas - 734404

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Wilhelm Kempff: The Late Sonatas

Wilhelm Kempff: The Late Sonatas

pre-war 78rpm recordings


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78

Recorded in 1932 (Polydor 90193)

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'

Recorded in 1928 (Polydor 66687/8)

Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90

Recorded in 1928 (Polydor 62639 & 66712)

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

Acoustic recording, 1925 (Polydor 66178/9)

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

Recorded on 7 & 25 January 1936 (Polydor 67077/81)

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

Recorded on 29 July 1936 (Polydor 67091/2)

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

Recorded on 29 July 1936 (Polydor 67088/90)

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Recorded on 31 July 1936 (Polydor 67093/5)


Wilhelm Kempff had such a long life, and recorded so prolifically in the LP era, that we tend to forget that he began his recording career in 1920 in the acoustic period, and recorded 24 of the 32 Beethoven sonatas on 78s. Indeed, in the pre-war period he was second only to Schnabel (whose complete cycle was done in the 1930s) in the amount of Beethoven he recorded, and he made the first ever recordings of the sonatas op.81a, op.90 and op.101, included in this set.

Kempff went on to record two complete sonata cycles in the 1950s and 1960s but he has always been regarded as a poetic and lyrical player and his Beethoven is therefore more closely allied to Mozart than the more barnstorming approach of others. The ‘first thoughts’ included here are perhaps the freest of all his recordings and have an almost improvisatory feel. Perhaps the impossibility of editing at this period captured Kempff more naturally than in his later efforts.

None of the recordings included here are currently available elsewhere, and op.90 and op.101 have never been reissued since their original release on 78s. The acoustic op.101 is a particularly rare item barely known to collectors.

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Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Volume 4

Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Volume 4


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Op. 22

Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 No. 3 'The Hunt'

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


Angela Hewitt presents a fourth volume in her acclaimed series of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, which has delighted her fans worldwide.

The little-known Sonata in B flat major, Op 22, the last of Beethoven’s ‘early’ sonatas, is recorded alongside Op 31 No 3 (sometimes known as ‘La chasse’, or ‘The Hunt’, because of its tumultuous Presto con fuoco finale). The album is concluded with Op 101, of which the journalist for the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung in Leipzig wrote: ‘Truly, here in his 101st composition admiration and renewed respect take hold of us, when we wander along strange, never trodden paths with the great painter of the soul’, going on to enthuse about the most beautiful colours and pictures in Beethoven’s new Piano Sonata.

“The opening Allegretto ma non troppo of Sonata No. 28 in A, Op. 101 finds her in suitably reflective mood...It's in the Finale, however, where this performance takes off...Here, her long-term immersion in the music of Bach really pays dividends.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ****

“Exquisite in taste is the slow movement of Op. 22, a beautifully paced Adagio, in the hands of Angela Hewitt. But Beethoven's extra instruction, con molta espressione, implying passion too, is kept at a distance.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

“Something tells me that Hewitt is in her comfort zone with [Op. 31 No. 1]. In her booklet notes she indicates a particular preference for this work, and she has had it in her repertoire for many years. Her affinity is evident in the warmth and lyricism with which she imbues the score. She brings such tenderness to the opening bars, yet the emotion is rightly contained.” MusicWeb International, 30th January 2014

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Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas

Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas


Beethoven:

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

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

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

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

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


Igor Levit (piano)

Igor Levit has recently given highly acclaimed debuts in major musical centres across Europe and is being hailed by international critics as one of the most outstanding pianists of our time. Levit is a BBC Young Generation Artist and currently features in the “ECHO Rising Star” program of the European Concert House Organization. Not just another young aspiring pianist releasing his debut album, he is an outstanding artist who meets the exceptionally high technical and interpretative demands of this extraordinary repertoire. Despite his young age, Levit’s interpretations display a rare depth and maturity, making for extremely well-balanced renderings on an artistic level of the great piano masters of our age. The Russian-German pianist performs one of the largest chunks of piano repertoire – Beethoven much-revered five late sonatas opp. 101, 106 and 109–111. Here, Beethoven’s late piano sonatas can be discovered in a most natural & tonally beautiful way. Written between 1816 - 1822 when the composer was completely deaf, Beethoven’s last sonatas are highly subjective artistic and personal confessions. The sonatas constitute one of the cornerstones of Beethoven's mysterious late style next to the five last quartets.

“Those who are searching for perfection can stop here...this set, the first solo recording from Russo-German pianist Igor Levit, sets a new standard that will be very difficult to surpass...I guarantee that you will only stop when you are sated with sublimity. Revelatory experiences like this don’t come often in a lifetime.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 *****

“There is some scintillating playing here – and it all serves the music...It would be idle to suggest that these are definitive readings of these works...but they are full of character and insights and thus to be included in any library shortlist, and the immediate recording lucidly relays Levit’s palpable and deep-seated commitment to the music.” classicalsource.com

“Levit’s affinity for the composer’s essentially linear style and intense expressivity borders on clairvoyance, if you’ll forgive the cliché...In short, this is Beethoven playing of the highest distinction, not to be missed.” Classics Today

“it quickly emerges that this is neither reckless nor arrogant but a debut of true significance. Everywhere you turn, you encounter thoughtfulness, an utter engagement with the composer and a clear sense of Levit’s personality, though never in a shouty ‘look at me, I’m playing the Hammerklavier fugue’ sort of way.” Gramophone Magazine

“Levit's is [a first choice], and he demands to be heard.” International Record Review, December 2014

“there's certainly nothing callow or immature about any of them. And it's certainly hard to imagine that he will ever make these sonatas seem any more beautiful than they do here, for the evenness of the sound Levit produces is astonishing...It's all hugely impressive.” The Guardian, 21st August 2013 ****

“After a few minutes, I was transfixed. Here was playing of technical brilliance, tonal allure, intellectual drive, and an elusive quality that the Germans indicate with the word Innigkeit, or inwardness.” Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 14th April 2014

GGramophone Awards 2014

Finalist - Instrumental

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014

Newcomer Award

Sony - 88883747352

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