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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op 53, 78 & 110 / Kovacevich


Release Date: 01/09/2001 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 54896   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Stephen Kovacevich...has really been caught on top form...In the Sonata Op. 110, Kovacevich radiates joy and a sort of gleaming aspiration which opens up a path to heaven. For an artist who has often seemed rather unsettled, this must be one of the best things he’s done. The magnificent, symphonic Waldstein is very fine, too, while the more urbane Op. 78 has precisely the humour and nervous crispness of detail which Richard Goode seems to lack."

-- Adrian Jack, BBC Music Magazine
"Stephen Kovacevich...has really been caught on top form...In the Sonata Op. 110, Kovacevich radiates joy and a sort of gleaming aspiration which opens up a path to heaven. For an artist who has often seemed rather unsettled, this must be one of the best things he’s done. The magnificent, symphonic Waldstein is very fine, too, while the more urbane Op. 78 has precisely the humour and nervous crispness of detail which Richard Goode seems to lack."

-- Adrian Jack, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, UK 
Length: 23 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Piano no 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, UK 
Length: 10 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, UK 
Length: 19 Minutes 27 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 The most amazing piano-playing April 18, 2013 By Nadine Harris (Barrington, RI) See All My Reviews "I have heard these sonatas all my life and they are three of my favorites, but when I heard Kovacevic play the last movement of the Waldstein, it was as if the heavens had opened up. I am simply gobsmacked at the sounds he is able to get out of the superb instrument he plays. This is one of the greatest piano performances I have ever heard." Report Abuse
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