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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Bagatelles / Stephen Kovacevich


Release Date: 10/22/1996 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 56148   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Some people view Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas as a triptych, though each offers a complete world in itself and a sense of culmination that calls only for silence to follow... Kovacevich’s is a more thoughtful and unusual compilation, with the last set of Bagatelles, written three to four years after the Op. 109 Sonata, sharing its conciseness and philosophical maturity. The other sonatas on Kovacevich’s disc are relatively low-profile, including the two, Op. 49, each in two movements, which have often been used as teaching pieces. Op. 26 has four movements, beginning, unusually, with a set of variations – the form that ends Opp. 109 and 111 – and including, as its third movement, a funeral march ‘on the death of a hero’ which Read more Kovacevich plays particularly stylishly, almost cavalier in his easy elegance... [H]is fluency in the first movement of Op. 109 transcends any feeling that he’s interpreting a printed score... He’s also passionate and fiery, giving all he can, and pushing each movement as far as his imagination will stretch.

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

1.
Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 19 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 17 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 19 in G minor, Op. 49 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 20 in G major, Op. 49 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5.
Bagatelles (6) for Piano, Op. 126 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 17 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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