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

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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.

APR - APR6018

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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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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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$19.50

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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

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

EuroArts Barenboim plays Beethoven Sonatas - 2066518

(DVD Video)

$27.50

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Ivo Pogorelich plays Beethoven, Chopin & Schumann

Ivo Pogorelich plays Beethoven, Chopin & Schumann


Beethoven:

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

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2

Étude Op. 10 No. 8 in F major

Étude Op. 10 No. 10 in A flat major

Étude Op. 25 No. 6 in G sharp minor

Schumann:

Études symphoniques, Op. 13

Toccata in C major, Op. 7


When Ivo Pogorelich was not admitted to the final round at the 1980 Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Martha Argerich resigned from the jury in protest, thereby catapulting the young pianist to immediate worldwide fame.

This new coupling presents part of the debut album of works by Chopin that he recorded shortly afterwards - its centrepiece, the B flat minor Sonata, has already been released on 4636782 in The Originals series - together with his entire second album, which immediately courted controversy with its provocative juxtaposition of Beethoven's timeless mature masterpiece with two of Schumann's most spectacularly virtuoso creations.

"The brilliance, the daring the lofty role-playing in the Schumann, and the many unignorable moments of a rapt and surprising introspection are a sufficient lure [...] Pogorelich's love of the energy and beauty of Beethoven's music is wise enough, vividly and limpidly purveyed" Richard Osborne, Gramophone, October 1983

"[The Beethoven is] quite fascinating for the clarity of execution, every note scrupulously placed, timed and nuanced. The Schumann is, on the whole, probably the most completely sensitive, literally the most appreciative, reading of the work that I can remember." William Mann, The Times Preview, 12.2.1982

DG Originals - 4778618

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$9.25

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Great Norwegian Performers 1945-2000, Volume 4

Great Norwegian Performers 1945-2000, Volume 4


Beethoven:

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

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

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Karsten Andersen

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

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Gabriel Chmura


Robert Riefling (piano)

Robert Riefling’s career lasted for more than 60 years, and his reputation as one of Scandinavia’s most brilliant pianists has never been in doubt. He made more than 60 recordings, amongst which are all of Beethoven’s sonatas, a series which was honoured with a Grand Prix du Disque.

This 2CD set, released as Volume 4 in the series of Historic recordings from Simax entitled “Great Norwegian Performers 1945 – 2000”, contains five pieces by Beethoven from three different concert recordings made between 1979 and 1986, and marks the highlight of Riefling’s brilliant concert performances. Although the pianist was already approaching his 70s, he was still playing with the same openness and adventurous spirit of his youth.

The first disc features performances of Beethoven’s last three Piano Sonatas, Opus 109 – 111 from 1979 at the Håkonshallen in Bergen, whilst the second disc is a recording of performances made at the Oslo Konserthus of Piano Concerto No. 4 in 1986 and No. 5 “Emperor” in 1981. The orchestra is the Oslo Philharmonic and the conductors are Karsten Andersen in the fourth and Gabriel Chmura in the fifth.

Simax Great Norwegian Performers - PSC1833

(CD - 2 discs)

$21.50

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Claudio Arrau

Claudio Arrau


Beethoven:

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

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Carnaval, Op. 9


Recorded 1961-1970

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

EMI Classic Archive - DVB4928399

(DVD Video)

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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. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale'

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

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

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

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

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

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


Decca - E4430122

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$12.75

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András Schiff - Beethoven: Late Piano Sonatas

András Schiff - Beethoven: Late Piano Sonatas

Lecture Recital at the Royal Academy of Music


Beethoven:

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


András Schiff, world-acclaimed pianist has in the past been primarily associated with his performances of the major keyboard works of J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Bartok. In 2004 he began performing the complete cycle of the 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in chronological order, having studied them from the original autograph scores or earliest editions. This meticulous attention to the composer's instructions have resulted in performances much praised for their freshness and authenticity even though they sometimes challenge traditional interpretations.

Here, András Schiff looks at the three great piano sonatas which end the cycle and on which Beethoven worked during final years of his life, Op 109, Op 110 and Op 111. He analyses each sonata in detail and discusses and demonstrates his personal interpretation and technique in playing these sublime works.

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Masterclass Media Foundation - MMF003

(DVD Video)

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