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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol 1 / Gerhard Oppitz


Release Date: 01/10/2006 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98201   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The workmanlike quality I've inferred from many of Gerhard Oppitz's recordings hardly prepared me for the sheer inspiration and commitment the pianist displays throughout his first installment of a projected Beethoven sonata cycle. Indeed, if Oppitz has made a finer disc, I have not heard it. The Op. 10 No. 1 sonata comes alive with brutal resilience and quivering nuance, capped by a finale whose true Prestissimo pulse never lets up in intensity. Some listeners may prefer a lighter touch in the Op. 10 No. 2 sonata's outer movements, yet you can't take issue with Oppitz's rhythmic equilibrium and sure sense of where the lines are going. Interestingly, Oppitz takes a less iconoclastic, more conventional route through Op. 10 No. 3's four Read more movements (more comfortable basic tempos and symmetrical phrasing). Strokes of individuality--such as his surging scales and roulades in the outer movements--lift Oppitz's solidly played "Pathétique" out of the sonata's "regulation model" box. Perhaps the slow movement is a bit foursquare and downbeat oriented, but not ploddingly so. Keep tabs on this Beethoven cycle, and savor its impressive first fruits, despite a recording that's thinner and more constricted than Hänssler's best efforts.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795-1797; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Historischer Reitstadl, Neumarkt 
Length: 16 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Historischer Reitstadl, Neumarkt (11/08/2004 - 11/11/2004) 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Historischer Reitstadl, Neumarkt 
Length: 15 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Historischer Reitstadl, Neumarkt (11/08/2004 - 11/11/2004) 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Historischer Reitstadl, Neumarkt 
Length: 23 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Historischer Reitstadl, Neumarkt (11/08/2004 - 11/11/2004) 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Historischer Reitstadl, Neumarkt 
Length: 18 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Historischer Reitstadl, Neumarkt (11/08/2004 - 11/11/2004) 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1: I. Allegro molto e con brio
Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1: II. Adagio molto
Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1: III. Finale: Prestissimo
Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2: II. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2: III. Presto
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3: I. Presto
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3: II. Largo e mesto
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3: III. Menuetto e Trio: Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3: IV. Rondo: Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, "Pathetique": I. Grave - Allegro molto e con brio
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, "Pathetique": II. Adagio cantabile
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, "Pathetique": III. Rondo: Allegro

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