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Rudolph Serkin Plays Beethoven


Release Date: 09/07/2004 
Label:  Music & Arts   Catalog #: 1141   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In addition to their unwavering respect for each composer's text (often involving an exhaustive scrutiny of manuscripts and original editions) ,Serkin's interpretations were distinguished by a unique brand of austere, even severe, intensity and directness. The palpable concentration and nervous energy of his playing was melded to a compelling sweep and authority and a constant pursuit of the long line. Rarely if ever did the forward motion of a piece sag or lose focus in Serkin's hands. His immersion in the essence of every work was total, as was his abhorrence of showmanship or display. 'What he hears within him is unsurpassed in purity and nobility; and what he feels is felt with the utmost sincerity and selflessness,' wrote Abram Chasins Read more in 1957. The present compilation focuses on Serkin's 'middle period,' pre-stereo solo Beethoven recordings as documentation of his approach to that composer in familiar sonatas that often appeared on his recitals. *NOT FOR SALE IN THE USA* Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Fantasia for Piano in G minor, Op. 77 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Sonata for Piano no 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": I. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": II. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": III. Presto agitato
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, "Pathetique": I. Grave - Allegro di 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
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata": I. Allegro assai
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata": II. Andante con moto
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata": III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux": I. Das Lebewohl: Adagio - Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux": II. Abwesenheit: Andante espressivo
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux": III. Das Wiedersehn: Vivacissimamente
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, "Waldstein": I. Allegro con brio
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, "Waldstein": II. Introduzione: Adagio molto
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, "Waldstein": III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109: I. Vivace ma non troppo
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109: II. Prestissimo
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109: III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung: Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
Fantasia in G minor, Op. 77
Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78: I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78: II. Allegro vivace

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