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

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Artur Schnabel - The RCA Victor Recordings

Artur Schnabel - The RCA Victor Recordings


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

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

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

Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899


Sony Classical pays tribute to Artur Schnabel – one of the 20th century’s most influential pianists and musical thinkers – with a 2-CD set of his complete American RCA Victor recordings.

Artur Schnabel – The RCA Victor Recordings brings together all of the pianist’s sessions for RCA Victor, recorded within an intense two months of activity in 1942. Beethoven’s G major and “Emperor” Concertos with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (conducted by its long time music director Frederick Stock) first appeared on 78s. Two late Beethoven Sonatas, No. 30 in E major op. 109 and No. 32 in C minor op. 111 were issued for the first time in 1976, inviting comparisons alongside Schnabel’s much imitated early 1930s versions. Also from the 1942 sessions are the previously unpublished Schubert Impromptus D 899, a significant addition to Schnabel’s discography.

Born in 1882 and raised in Vienna, Artur Schnabel began lessons at nine years old with Theodor Leschetitzky. The legendary pedagogue recognized his young pupil’s unusual nature, and steered him towards Schubert’s then-neglected sonatas, saying, “You will never be a pianist, you are a musician.” After his 1898 Berlin debut, Schnabel began touring as a soloist, as a chamber player, and in a lieder duo with his future wife, contralto Therese Behr.

Although Schnabel commanded a wide repertoire, he was best known as an interpreter of the Austro-German classics of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, with forays into Schumann and Brahms – as he put it, “music which I consider better than it can be performed.”

From 1925 Schnabel taught at the Berlin State Academy until leaving the city in 1933 after the Nazi Party took control. He became the first pianist in history to record all 32 Beethoven Sonatas, and taught master classes at Tremezzo, Lake Como before moving to the United States in 1939, where he became a naturalized citizen five years later. He returned to Europe after the war, and died in 1951 at Lake Como.

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RCA - 88985389712

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Volume 5

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Volume 5


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7

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

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

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

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


Pavali Jumppanen (piano)

The final volume of pianist Paavali Jumppanen’s acclaimed cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas.

This volume combines the early Op. 7 and the famous Pathétique sonata together with the Last Sonatas Opp. 109-111 written by Beethoven in the 1820s.

Jumppanen has collaborated with numerous contemporary composers and premiered many solo and chamber works for the piano.

“Jumppanen…approaches [these works] with refreshing straightforwardness, where they so often wilt under a pianist’s determination to reveal their secrets” BBC Music Magazine, April 2017

“In sum, a superbly engineered and annotated conclusion to a Beethoven cycle.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

Ondine Paavali Jumppanen Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas - ODE12982D

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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 Nos. 10, 17 & 32

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 10, 17 & 32


Beethoven:

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

Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2

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


Naum Grubert (piano)

Navis Classics - NC14002

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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 & Piano Sonata No. 32

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 & Piano Sonata No. 32


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Gewandhausorchester, Riccardo Chailly

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


Released to celebrate his 70th birthday, Nelson Freire presents three landmark albums on the Decca label – the first in a brand new Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle begins with Piano Concerto No. 5, universally known as the “Emperor.”

This is the first recorded collaboration between the great Brazilian pianist and Italian maestro Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester since their highly acclaimed Gramophone Recording of the Year, the two Brahms piano concertos, in 2007, which went on to win multiple awards.

The concerto is paired alongside the C minor Piano Sonata no. 32, the composer’s last.

This album will be simultaneously released with Radio Days in September, followed by a Chopin album including Piano Concerto No.2 and other solo gems in January 2015.

“Nelson Freire and Riccardo Chailly banish the pompous air and replace it with a fresh, keen atmosphere.” Financial Times, 13th September 2014

“Freire's Op. 111 is strong on thrusting narrative; rather vaguer when it comes to those physical and metaphysical elements which a Schnabel, an Arrau or a Pollini identify and define.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2014

“Two different styles clash here, but work themselves out. Mr. Freire is almost self-effacing at times, extreme at others: Mr. Chailly and his orchestra are lean and full of bite. The Opus 111 sonata is Mr. Freire at his best, too, in playing full of danger and, ultimately, repose.” New York Times, 18th December 2014

“Freire loves the Gewandhaus Orchestra, and hearing them on this form one can understand why...All told it makes for a satisfying account of Beethoven's leonine work. The evident rapport between Freire and Chailly is especially evident in the superb confrontation at the climax of the first movement.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 ****

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Grigory Sokolov plays Beethoven, Scriabin & Arapov

Grigory Sokolov plays Beethoven, Scriabin & Arapov


Arapov:

Concerto for violin, piano and percussion with chamber orchestra

with Nikolay Moskalenko (percussions) & khail Vaiman (violin0

Chamber Orchestra of the Leningrad State Philharmonic Society, Alexander Dmitriyev

Piano Sonata No. 2

Beethoven:

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

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

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

Scriabin:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor, Op. 23


Firma Melodiya presents recordings of the outstanding St Petersburg pianist Grigory Sokolov.

This musician’s performance is notable for particular concentration and complete immersion in the musical element. His manner amazes with perfection of technique in the absence of external effects of any kind.

Grigory Sokolov is one of the few modern pianists who always include intellectual piano masterpieces in their programmes, which requires a special mood from both the performer and the audience – Beethoven’s sonatas of the latter period, J S Bach’s 'The Art of Fugue', Brahms’ last pieces.

Most of Sokolov’s recordings were made from live broadcasts in Leningrad/St Petersburg and Moscow – he prefers concert performances to studio work.

This set combines the large-scale dramatic canvases of Beethoven’s sonatas with the restless romantic heroics of Scriabin’s Third Sonata where Sokolov emphasizes the Promethean spirit without erasing the individuality of the Russian genius of the 20th century.

However, what makes this set particularly interesting is Grigory Sokolov’s recordings of the works by his contemporary, Leningrad composer Boris Arapov. The piano sonata and concerto for violin, piano, percussion and chamber orchestra recorded by the pianist are released on Melodiya for the first time.

Grigory Sokolov made the featured recordings of the works by Beethoven, Scriabin and Arapov between 1972 and 1988.

“Sokolov in [Scriabin] No. 3, not often come by these days, is to the manner born and up there alongside Horowitz's version and Vladimir Sofronitsky's in his authority and natural feeling for getting the music off the page. As a Beethoven player, however, he gives me pause. Everything is pushed to extremes.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

Melodiya - MELCD1002240

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The classic archive™ Collector’s Edition - Piano

The classic archive™ Collector’s Edition - Piano


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Aldo Ciccolini (piano)

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

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

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

Alfred Brendel (piano)

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

Claudio Arrau (piano)

Bagatelles (6), Op. 126

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Chopin:

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Georges Cziffra (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Samson François (piano)

Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31

Georges Cziffra (piano)

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1 (12, complete)

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Falla:

Noches en los jardines de Espana

Aldo Ciccolini (piano)

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Georges Cziffra (piano)

Granados:

Allegro de concierto, Op. 46

Aldo Ciccolini (piano)

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Samson François (piano)

Liszt:

Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 7)

Aldo Ciccolini (piano)

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 10 'Appassionata'

Georges Cziffra (piano)

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28

Emil Gilels (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Byron Janis (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Byron Janis (piano)

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Samson François (piano)

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K11 in C minor

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Schumann:

Papillons, Op. 2

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Claudio Arrau (piano)

Carnaval, Op. 9

Claudio Arrau (piano)

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Emil Gilels (piano)


Great performances from legendary artists of the 20th century, the Classic Archive™ Collector’s Edition – PIANO offers unique insights in the world of music interpretation of the golden age.

This second part of the edition is dedicated to some of the most outstanding pianists of the past.

With more than 15 hours of material the edition includes various concerti, recitals, interesting documentaries, some incolour, some in glorious black and white, as well as comprehensive booklet information.

This collector’s edition makes rare classical archive footage from the years 1950-1978 suitable for Blu-ray Disc lovers.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: NTSC 4:3

Sound formats Blu-ray Disc: PCM 2.0 Dual Mono; Dolby Digital 2.0 Dual Mono

Region code: 0

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish

Running time: 945 mins

German FSK: 0

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Ideale Audience International Classic Archive - 3073984

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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.

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

“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

“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

“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

“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 ****

“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

“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 *****

GGramophone Awards 2014

Finalist - Instrumental

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014

Newcomer Award

Sony - 88883747352

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Barenboim plays Beethoven Piano Sonatas Vol. 5

Barenboim plays Beethoven Piano Sonatas Vol. 5

Live recording from Palais Rasumowsky Vienna, 1983-84


Beethoven:

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

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

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

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


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 visual restoration.

In the last part of five DVDs, seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim performs Sonatas 29 to 32 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: 125 mins

“Barenboim brings freshness and sensitivity. His expressive powers are wondrous.” MusicWeb International, 24th July 2013

DVD Video

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Format: NTSC

EuroArts Barenboim plays Beethoven Sonatas - 2066518

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Beethoven - Complete Works for Solo Piano Volume 8

Beethoven - Complete Works for Solo Piano Volume 8


Beethoven:

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

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

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

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


Ronald Brautigam (fortepiano)

With this disc, Ronald Brautigam has reached the last of the 32, completing a sonata cycle which has made a great impression on all who have been following it. A review in The Times stated: ‘Beethoven the revolutionary comes closer than ever in Brautigam's fiery interpretations.'

Brautigam has chosen to record these seminal works on fortepiano, and throughout the series uses two different instruments mirroring the rapid development of the piano during the three decades that saw the birth of these sonatas.

“There are few early-instrument practitioners who can match Brautigam's music insight and technical prowess...there are no holds barred in his impressively passionate account of Op. 111's opening Allegro” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 ****

“The clarity that Brautigam achieves serves to offset the briskness of the tempos and the gain lies in the clear structural cohesion, with momentum clearly directed...This lack of indulgence is a hallmark of Brautigam's Beethoven...and [he] always mantains direction...This survey provides some of the finest Beethoven playing I have ever heard.” International Record Review, October 2010

“In Brautigam’s hands the music sounds lyrical and perfectly phrased without in any way sounding mannered. Because the fortepiano doesn’t have the same sustaining power as a modern piano Brautigam’s tempos for the slower movements are often slightly faster than you might be used to. But they never sound rushed, and always feel natural, while giving him the opportunity for a little ebb and flow without danger of losing the musical line.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 28th June 2010

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28th June 2010

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BIS Ronald Brautigam Beethoven - BISSACD1613

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