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

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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

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Ondine Paavali Jumppanen Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas - ODE12982D

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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 5

Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Volume 5


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2 No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1

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

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


Angela Hewitt has been much praised in her earlier recordings of Beethoven’s piano sonatas—displaying ‘exquisite taste’—and now turns her ‘uncluttered clarity of thought and inspired structural pacing’ to four more works spanning the composer’s career. As ever, Angela’s accompanying notes provide fascinating insights into both the music and her performances.

“Hewitt comes to the music with expertise honed in the Baroque repertoire, Bach especially. Her Beethoven rarely sounds susceptible to Dionysiac forces, whether passion or fury. For the Apollonian virtues of grace and clarity, though, she is an ideal guide.” Financial Times, 1st August 2015 ****

“Here is a stimulating well-contrasted programme. Each sonata benefits from Angela Hewitt's beautifully clean-cut pianistic commant, in which every score marking is placed within a precisely articulated interpretative overview.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2015

“this fifth volume, for the most part, offers interpretations characterised by intelligent virtuosity and cultivated artistry...everything comes together for Hewitt in a most inspired Op. 110. It abounds with long-lined breadth, careful dynamic scaling, assiduously worked-out tempo relationships and heartfelt poetry.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2015

“she is still probably best known for her Bach. So perhaps it’s no surprise that it’s when Beethoven slips into Bach-style fugues in the final movement of Op 110 that Hewitt sounds most masterful. Elsewhere she is incisive and thoughtful too, even if the two earliest works here, Op 2 no 2 and Op 10 no 1, demand a certain lightness of touch that they don’t quite get.” The Guardian, 20th August 2015 ****

Hyperion - Angela Hewitt Beethoven - CDA68086

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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 *****

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Finalist - Instrumental

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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 ****

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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

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Menahem Pressler in Recital

Menahem Pressler in Recital

Recorded at the Cité de la Musique, Paris, March 2011


Beethoven:

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

Chopin:

Mazurka No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 7 No. 1

Mazurka No. 7 in F minor, Op. 7 No. 3

Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4

Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. post.

Debussy:

Estampes (3) (Complete)

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960


For more than 50 years, Menahem Pressler was the driving force of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio, giving 6.000 performances until the trio stopped concertizing in 2009. Menahem Pressler is now returning to a solo career.

During this recital filmed at Paris’ Cité de la Musique 2011, Menahem Pressler plays two of the most imposing works in the piano repertoire: Beethoven’s penultimate sonata and Schubert’s last sonata which both require unusual emotional involvement from the performer.

Menahem Pressler is the last representative of a pianistic tradition directly connected with the great German and French piano schools: he studied with several pupils of the illustrious Ferruccio Busoni but also received valuable advice from Robert Casadesus or Paul Loyonnet who opened the world of Ravel and Debussy to him.

“Pressler’s ability to give all the voices prominence while simultaneously isolating the melody was amazing. His fingers still retain a youthful facility.” The Washington Post

Picture format: 1080i 16:9

Sound formats: PCM Stereo

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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 88 mins

“His technique may be somewhat dimmed, but the twinkle of his distinctive sound remains as fresh and beautiful as ever; so, too, his astute pointing of musical structure, and the sheer love with which he communicates these great works...Pierre-Martin Juban's straightforward, well-judged direction provides a fine match between style and subject.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2012 ****

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Stephen Kovacevich - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 21 & 31

Stephen Kovacevich - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 21 & 31

Piano Masterclass at the Verbier Festival Academy


Beethoven:

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

Claire Huangci (piano)

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

Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)


Stephen Kovacevich's international reputation as a pianist has been built both on his concert appearances, renowned for their thoughtfulness and creative intensity, and on the highly acclaimed recordings he has made throughout his career. He is considered as one of the most searching interpreters of the core classical repertoire and he has won great admiration for his recordings of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Chopin. In this masterclass he works with students on Beethoven's Piano Sonatas Nos 21 "Waldstein" and 31, Op 110

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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.

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Piotr Anderszewski at Carnegie Hall

Piotr Anderszewski at Carnegie Hall

Recording Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall, New York City, 3.XII.2008


Bach, J S:

Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV826

Bartók:

3 Hungarian Folksongs from Csik, BB 45b, Sz. 35a

Beethoven:

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

Janacek:

In the Mists

Schumann:

Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26


Since his first release for Virgin Classics, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations in 2000, Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski’s has produced a catalogue which ranges from Bach and Mozart, through more Beethoven to Chopin, Szymanowski and Webern, and which includes several prizewinning recordings.

Both intellectual and inspirational, Anderszewski has said of musical interpretation: “One can speculate endlessly about the right ingredients, the perfect combination but the essential question remains unanswerable, lying far beyond the limits of the cleverest and most refined argument. And yet one goes on searching and, while realising that the search is about everything, the essence may yet reveal itself in the most unexpected way.”

This new release captures live performances by Anderszewski at a very recent recital – December 2008 – in New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall. The critic of the New York Times made clear that this was an exceptional musical experience.

After a performance so intense and draining, the notion of encores almost seemed superfluous. But Bartók’s Three Hungarian Folksongs from the Csik District had a welcome earthiness”

Anderszewski repeated the programme in Chicago shortly afterwards, and the response of the Chicago Sun Times was at a similar level of enthusiasm:

“There is something deeply comforting about the kind of perfection that Polish-Hungarian pianist Piotr Anderszewski brought to his program of Bach, Janácek and Beethoven … Perfection is a relative term when it comes to art, of course. There are myriad but equally valid ways to play a Bach partita or Beethoven sonata … Different artists plumb different facets in a piece of music, and listeners can only benefit from hearing what each one has managed to unearth.

But during the two hours or so that they are onstage, artists like Anderszewski manage to create a universe that seems utterly complete unto itself. There is a sense of inevitability in their performance, a feeling that the true essence of a composer's intentions has been discovered. Especially when our daily lives are battered by forces beyond our control, it is reassuring to spend an afternoon in a world of such richly calibrated balance.“

“It can be hard not to wax hyperbolic when confronted with the pianist Piotr Anderszewski’s sensitive touch and potent imagination.” New York Times

“Piotr Anderszewski employs a small but incisive tone in the Bach Sinfonia, as though he is taking us into his confidence; the Allemande is sweet and unassuming, the Courante has warmth, the Sarabande has rapt expressiveness. As the Partita progresses, the playing becomes more exuberant: the Caprice is pure tumbling energy.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2009 ****

“So acute is the positioning of the microphones that the force of his playing here and in the mighty fugal statements of the finale makes an emphatic, physical impact. But Anderszewski’s command of perspective is paramount. The soft playing is mesmerising, the scope of his interpretation geared to probing deep into the music’s inner expressive tissues.” The Telegraph, 28th May 2009 *****

“This is playing of exceptional insight and finesse, which few other pianists today could match.” The Guardian, 29th May 2009 *****

“. In Bach's Partita No 2 in C minor, he plays with warm expression, using all the possibilities of a concert grand, yet miraculously avoiding anachronism. His late Beethoven, Sonata No 31 in A flat, Op 110, has earthy tenderness, opening at a steady tempo which prepares beautifully for the serenity and majesty to come. Schumann's "Faschingsschwank", Janacek and Bartok complete this captivating recital.” The Observer, 24th May 2009

“This is an outstanding release that ought to give anyone an appetite for next month’s recital.” The Telegraph, 21st May 2009 *****

“Janácek's In the Mists is a given a peach of a performance, a sense of improvisation sitting securely at its heart. Anderszewski's mastery of simultaneously varied dynamics comes into play here… this is an exceptional recital, and as ever the Carnegie Hall acoustic allows for a luminous piano tone.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2009

“Some recital, this. Piotr Anderszewski establishes a commanding tone for the opening section of the Second Partita's Ouverture, hopping elegantly through the little march that leads on to a fast, immaculately voiced fugue. He uses the Courante's ornaments to 'lift' the melody line, and the play between a seamless legato and a gentle staccato accompaniment in the following Sarabande works wonderfully well. The Rondeau is again trippingly elegant, the closing Capriccio assertive in a way that balances it with the opening fugue.
Faschingsschwank aus Wien launches with a flourish: Anderszewski fractionally delays the opening's second chord in authentic Viennese style, while the Scherzo is full of telling though effective emphases, mostly along the lines of 'question and answer'. And yet in the ravishing Intermezzo he seems too aware of the notes (so many to negotiate). The finale works best, a fantastical sojourn dazzlingly negotiated.
Janácek's In the Mists is a given a peach of a performance, a sense of improvisation sitting securely at its heart. Each movement tells its own very personal story, or seems to, the third alternating idyll with searing drama. Anderszewski's mastery of simultaneously varied dynamics comes into play here but in Beethoven's Op 110 he can be just a little over-emphatic on detail – in particular the accompaniment that underpins the first movement's principal theme.
Throughout the recital the understandably enthusiastic Carnegie Hall audience is rather too keen to bound in at the end of each piece, a mild distraction on a recording that you hope to play again and again. This is an exceptional recital, and as ever the Carnegie Hall acoustic allows for a luminous piano tone.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2009

Erato - 2672912

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