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

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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 Sonata No. 29 'Hammerklavier' & Bagatelles, Op. 126

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 'Hammerklavier' & Bagatelles, Op. 126


Beethoven:

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

Bagatelles (6), Op. 126


He is nicknamed ‘the poet of the piano’, an epithet confirmed by each of his appearances in concert or on record, most recently with his multi-award-winning Debussy and Chopin CDs. Nelson Goerner already has an imposing discography, but this is the first time he has tackled Beethoven on a recording: he has chosen the ‘Hammerklavier’, a work of unparalleled dimensions, complexity and profundity . . . But is this artist, whom a Buenos Aires newspaper praised after a recital at the famous Teatro Colón for his ‘ability to combine intellectual lucidity, undeniable depth, and a technical ease that enables him to express his ideas’, not the perfect interpreter for that monumental composition?

‘Here is a sonata that will make pianists work hard’, said Beethoven to his publisher after labouring on it for almost three years, at a time when his deafness was constantly worsening. Forty-five minutes of immense difficulty for the performer (and also the listener?): between a first movement as fiery as Beethoven ever wrote and a finale that seems to foreshadow jazz improvisations, comes a splendid and deeply moving slow movement that Goerner renders with deep emotion. He then invites us to move from the monumental to the miniature, with the Six Bagatelles op.126, subtle gems of late Beethovenian style, constructed with formidable skill.

“Goerner’s Hammerklavier is about flight, variety of shapes, sounds, ideas and precision of communication...Phrases are imbued with life and meaning but, equally importantly, they are separated by breath, lending them intelligibility...If ever there were an effortless Hammerklavier finale, this is it.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

“[the Hammerklavier] has received several amazing recordings in recent years, and Nelson Goerner’s is one of them. It is also a highly individual though never quirky account” BBC Music Magazine, November 2016 *****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2016

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

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


Grigory Sokolov has gained an almost mythical status amongst music-lovers and pianophiles throughout the world. He is considered by many today to be the world's greatest living pianist. Ever since his first recital in Leningrad. He has amazed everyone again and again with the enormous breadth of his repertoire and his huge, almost physical musical strength. Grigory Sokolov was largely unknown in the West, however, until the late 1980's, but is now rightfully regarded as a giant of the piano. Sokolov's concerts are anticipated with eagerness where ever he travels. He's not been outside of Europe for several years now, preferring to tour Europe. His programmes change twice a year, Sokolov mining the music he plays for every jewel before he feels ready to consider a new work. Sokolov prefers his CD's to be recorded live is not surprising, since he likes to capture the sacred moments of a real, live concert and avoid the sterile atmosphere of a studio. Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 (known as the Große Sonate für das Hammerklavier, or more simply as the Hammerklavier) is a piano sonata widely viewed as one of the most important works of the composer's third period and among the greatest piano sonatas. Completed in 1818, it is often considered to be Beethoven's most technically challenging piano composition and one of the most demanding solo works in the classical piano repertoire.

“Sokolov’s voicing of textures throughout the sonata is a marvel in itself…there is certainly a massive self-belief and artistic presence here” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

“by the final fugue, Sokolov is in overdrive, achieving a dazzling mixture of utter clarity and profound expression through the tortuous writing.” The Guardian, 24th July 2016 ****

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Grigory Sokolov: Live at the Berlin Philharmonie

Grigory Sokolov: Live at the Berlin Philharmonie


Beethoven:

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

Brahms:

Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op. 117 No. 2

Rameau:

Les tendres plaintes

Pièces de Clavecin 1724: Les Tourbillons

Les Cyclopes

La follette

Les Sauvages

Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899

Klavierstücke (3), D946


Experience Grigory Sokolov – „probably the best live pianist of our days“ (Berliner Morgenpost) – in a filmed concert praised to the skies by critics.

The completely sold out concert took place on 5 June 2013 in the Philaharmonie Berlin, which is known for its exquisite acoustics.

Acclaimed French film-maker Bruno Monsaingeon (Profile on IMDb) is well known for his documentaries about iconic pianists Glenn Gould (Glenn Gould – Hereafter), Sviatoslav Richter (Richter – The Enigma) and Mauricio Pollini (De main de maître ).

In the director’s notes to this new Sokolov film, Monsaingeon writes:

“Sokolov himself believes that the concert represents the focal point of musical life and that everything else is artificial. As a result, he is not only reluctant to be recorded but also to be filmed.

In spite of this, we were able to overcome his reservations on this point of principle (…). The idea of filming a public recital was accepted a first time in 2002 (Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris) and the second time at the Berlin Philharmonie on 5 June 2013.

The filming was made live with 7 cameras, with no retakes and with nothing to detract from his total concentration, which is directed solely at the music.”

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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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Grigory Sokolov plays Schubert & Beethoven

Grigory Sokolov plays Schubert & Beethoven


Beethoven:

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

Ex Salzburg Festival, 23 August 2013

Brahms:

Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op. 117 No. 2

encore. Ex Salzburg Festival, 23 August 2013

Rameau:

Les tendres plaintes

encore. Ex Salzburg Festival, 23 August 2013

Pièces de Clavecin 1724: Les Tourbillons

encore. Ex Salzburg Festival, 23 August 2013

Les Cyclopes

encore. Ex Salzburg Festival, 23 August 2013

La follette

encore. Ex Salzburg Festival, 23 August 2013

Les Sauvages

encore. Ex Salzburg Festival, 23 August 2013

Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899

Ex Warsaw Philharmonie, live recording 12 May 2013

Klavierstücke (3), D946

Ex Warsaw Philharmonie, live recording 12 May 2013


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Grigory Sokolov is an exceptional artist. He is regarded as one of the world’s leading pianists and adored by his audience in sold-out concerts – dedicated to his art, and nothing else.

His debut album on Deutsche Grammophon “Salzburg Recital” was a huge success and is the best-selling frontline core classical release this year to date.

With Schubert & Beethoven we have another hit in our hands: Grigory Sokolov plays late masterworks by Schubert, including the much-loved Impromptus, and Beethoven’s mighty “Hammerklavier” Sonata, finishing with six impeccable encores by Rameau and Brahms

This outstanding recital is culled from concerts in Warsaw and Salzburg. Salzburger Nachrichten claimed: “Wherever he plays, the utopia of ultimate satisfaction is closer than ever… “

An hour of Schubert comprising some of his best-loved piano music (the Impromptus in A flat and G flat major, with rippling arpeggios and timeless melodies), and three of his late piano works that search out the depths of his art (look at an excerpt here: https://youtu.be/oOVJBE5Utvc )

Beethoven’s longest piano sonata – one of the famous “late” sonatas – explores the whole range of the extended keyboard then available to him. It lasts over 45 minutes and is one of his most over-the-top works –with its huge fugal finale that has been known to drive listeners crazy. Sokolov has it all under control.

After Mozart & Chopin this new live recording is another pianistic landmark release.

“For me, part of what makes Sokolov such an extraordinary pianist is his use of rubato and his flexibility with tempo: the way he will fractionally delay the second beat of a bar so as to highlight an accent in the first Schubert Klavierstück, for instance, or the space he creates by extending the quaver rests at the end of each phrase of the fourth Impromptu just to give a lift to the music, is really something rather special.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 15th January 2016

“spaciousness is [not] the most surprising aspect here…more challenging to many ears will be the steadiness of the E flat Impromptu and the liberally applied hesitations of the A flat. Allied to undoubted pianistic mastery, such unorthodoxy certainly commands attention [and there are] twinkling Rameau and dreamy Brahms encores” Gramophone Magazine

Presto Disc of the Week

15th January 2016

Presto Discs of 2016

Finalist

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Alessio Bax plays Beethoven

Alessio Bax plays Beethoven


Beethoven:

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

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

The Ruins of Athens: Turkish March

arr Bax

The Ruins of Athens: Chorus of Dervishes

arr Bax


Alessio Bax (piano)

Alessio Bax talks to Presto's David Smith about Beethoven here.

Alessio Bax returns to disc on Signum with two masterworks of Beethoven’s piano repertoire, as well as a new arrangement from 'Die Ruinen von Athen'.

Pianist Alessio Bax creates “a ravishing listening experience” (Gramophone) with his lyrical playing, insightful interpretations, and dazzling facility. First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions – and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient – he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras.

“a reading of a formidable pace and impetus yet leaving ample time for expressive resource...this performance stands its ground in music to test the technique and intellect of even the greatest pianists...Finely recorded, Alessio Bax is clearly among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2014

“Most of Bax's Hammerklavier is bracing and visionary, but the finale is hopelessly scrambled. Bax's Moonlight works well, and his arrangement of the Ruins is fun.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 ***

“Youthful Italian piano virtuoso Alessio Bax…brings a palpable enthusiasm to these Beethoven opera…Bax’s rendition favors poetry and clarity in all parts, and the combination of imagination and technical prowess remains the performer’s hallmark.” Audiophile Audition, 24th December 2014

“I find this performance [of the Hammerklavier] hugely stimulating both technically and emotionally. It is quite a switch to the Moonlight Sonata, but again Bax excels here, too, by playing the work simply and beautifully...This is certainly a refreshing take on one of the piano’s warhorses.” MusicWeb International, 26th December 2014

“No technical demand scares him … A Beethoven CD in a class of its own.” Pianist Magazine, March 2015

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2014

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Sean Chen, Crystal Award

Sean Chen, Crystal Award

14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition


Beethoven:

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

Brahms:

Variations on an Original Theme in D major, Op. 21, No. 1

Liszt:

Trois Etudes de concert


Sean Chen (piano)

Sean Chen captivated audiences and critics at the 2013 Cliburn Competition with concerts “that had the crowd not just standing…but cheering loudly,” (KDHX, St. Louis) earning the crystal award and winning three years of concert tours in the United States—the first American to win a prize since 1997. Markedly, in his Final Round performance of Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 3, “he summoned massive, orchestral sonorities, yet he could also play with enormous delicacy. It was a muscular, impassioned performance, and you felt like he is an artist with something to say” (Cincinnati Enquirer).

Highlights of the 2013–14 season include return invitations to perform with the Indianapolis and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Jordan Hall in Boston, and recital and concerto appearances across the United States and Europe.

Born in Florida, Sean. Chen grew up in Oak Park, California and has collected awards that include the 2010 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Award, and an NFAA ARTSweek award. He now resides in New Haven, Connecticut, where he is pursuing his artist diploma at the Yale School of Music under Hung-Kuan Chen.

He previously studied with Jerome Lowenthal and Matti Raekallio at The Juilliard School, where he earned his bachelor’s degree.

“a player of great intelligence, capable of really sustained concentration ... the musicianship is impressive.” International Record Review, February 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.

“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

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