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

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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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Australian Eloquence - ELQ4825854

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas

Pathetique, Moonlight, Appassionata


Beethoven:

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

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

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


Sunwook Kim (piano)

After his first CD featuring Beethoven's piano sonatas No. 21(“Waldstein”) and No. 29 ("Hammerklavier"), Sunwook Kim’s third solo CD with Accentus Music presents an impressive interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s three most well-known piano sonatas: "Pathétique" (No. 8), "Moonlight Sonata" (No. 14), and "Appassionata" (No. 23).

Sunwook Kim, who won the first prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006, has matured to become a subtle and accomplished Beethoven specialist – not least thanks to his partnership with the Beethoven House in Bonn, whose unique collection he regularly consults in his preparation of Beethoven's works. Sunwook Kim stays close to the original score, yet nevertheless provides a very personal interpretation, which reveals a new and exceptional reading that stands out from the abundance of existing recordings of these three piano sonatas.

“Kim has an unering sense of underlying harmonic tension and tonal design, plus the skill to apply colour and blend accordingly, which gives his playing both eloquence and architectural solidity and saves him from having to rely on on gimmicky exaggeration to make his mark.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

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Accentus Music - ACC30409

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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, Vol. 4

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1

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

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

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


“Biss’s performance [of the Appassionata] is blazing, nimble, fleet of finger and dangerous.” The Observer, 1st March 2015 ****

“In this masterly fourth volume of the complete sonatas, the early works that Jonathan Biss performs are less remarkable than on previous discs, but even here one is struck by the music’s originality, its sheer physicality and subversive humour.” Sunday Times, 8th March 2015

“Here's another wonderful disc of Beethoven sonatas. We are living in an age where the finest performances, as here, are as impressive as anything we have from the past...[Biss] will surely take his place among the greats if he continues on this exalted plane...Those who have not yet discovered Biss's playing should not hesitate.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2015 *****

Meyer Media Biss Beethoven Sonatas - MM15029

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54

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

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


Erato - The Erato Story - 2564633472

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 23, 14 & 31

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 23, 14 & 31


Beethoven:

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

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

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


Frank Braley (piano)

This title was released for the first time in 2002.

“If you listened blind you'd say this was a souped-up Erard, but it's actually a Steinway from 1882. Braley's musicianship is superb, and he extracts unexpected revelations from these well-known works.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2013 ****

Harmonia Mundi Musique d'Abord - HMA1951750

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Sviatoslav Richter in Recital

Sviatoslav Richter in Recital


Beethoven:

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

Chopin:

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1 (selection)

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 32 in G minor, Hob.XVI:44

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84


Richter’s genius was identifiable over a wide variety of styles and this Regis disc attempts to convey his artistic diversity. The programme features Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and Prokofiev taken form a series of recitals in Carnegie Hall and Wembley Town Hall in the early 1960s. Super-budget price.

Regis - RRC1399

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Barenboim plays Beethoven Piano Sonatas Vol.4

Barenboim plays Beethoven Piano Sonatas Vol.4

Live recording from Palais Kinsky and Schloss Hetzendorf, Vienna, 1983-84


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54

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

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

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

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

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

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


Director: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle

New Release on Euroarts's sub-label: Recorded Excellence – Historical Value. The aim of the new series is to make accessible to music lovers and collectors top-quality recordings documenting extra-special concert performances that were hitherto unreleased or were no longer available, either for the first time or as re-releases on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The main focus is on artists and repertoire. The new series will showcase defining concert moments of music history.

Digitally remastered and restored from 35mm film. Including intensive and high-quality audio and visualrestoration.

In the fourth part of five DVDs, seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim performs Sonatas 22 to 28 of the so-called 'New Testament' of music, Ludwig van Beethoven's thirty-two piano sonatas.

Composed over twenty-five years and embodying the shift of musical taste from the Classic to the Romantic, their performance requires a musician of extraordinary versatility.Daniel Barenboim is one such pianist – his recordings run the gamut from Bach and Mozart to Bruckner and Bartók. Infollowing in the footsteps of such masters as Artur Schnabel, Barenboim truly shows himself to be among the greatest living musicians.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound format DVD: PCM Stereo

Region code: 0

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 158 mins

“Barenboim brings to these a freshness of approach, and sensitivity. His expressive powers are wondrous and he captures the full range of emotions that these works have to offer. You get the feeling that he really understands this music and that he has an improvisatory and spontaneous approach.” MusicWeb International, 22nd April 2013

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EuroArts Barenboim plays Beethoven Sonatas - 2066508

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Beethoven: Popular Piano Sonatas

Beethoven: Popular Piano Sonatas


Beethoven:

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

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

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

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

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

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

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


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First Choice - March 2016

Warner Classics Masters - 6230812

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas & Choral Fantasy

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas & Choral Fantasy


Beethoven:

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

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

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

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

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

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

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Teresa Stich-Randall, Judith Hellwig (sopranos), Hilde Rössel-Majdan (contralto), Anton Dermota, Erich Majkut (tenors) & Paul Schöffler (bass)

Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Symphoniker, Karl Böhm


Hans Richter-Haaser (piano)

One of Eloquence’s chief credos is to bring back into circulation forgotten recordings or artists who’ve slipped from memory. ‘Hans Richter-Who?’ you might say. Born in 1912 in Dresden and taught there both by Hans Schneider and in the famous class of Robert Teichmüller, around the age of 30 Richter-Haaser moved to Detmold. At first Richter-Haaser took over the artistic direction of the city orchestra. But by 1947 he had already been entrusted with a piano masterclass. This must be seen as a substantial foundation for the rank and renown of the Detmold Music Academy, which in recent years has become a sort of forge for pianists. His recordings are, sadly, few and far between. He recorded Beethoven sonatas for both Philips and EMI. Issued several years ago on its ‘The Early Years’ imprint, these Beethoven recordings from the 1950s are long out of print and a much sought-after collector’s item. The sonatas are coupled here with Richter-Haaser as soloist in the Choral Fantasy, with Karl Böhm conducting.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4804867

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