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Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas / Ronald Brautigam

Beethoven / Brautigam
Release Date: 11/11/2014 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2000   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam
Number of Discs: 9 
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The 32 Piano Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven are often referred to as the ‘New Testament’ of the keyboard literature, following on the ‘Old Testament’ of J.S. Bach's 48 preludes and fugues in the Well-Tempered Clavier. Composed over a period of almost three decades, from 1795 to 1822, the sonatas constitute a fascinating panorama of an artistic career which underwent numerous changes – not to say upheavals – but nevertheless remained remarkably consistent. Ever since the first recording of the entire cycle, by Artur Schnabel in the 1930s, a number of the world's leading pianists have given us their performances of this monumental collection
Read more on disc. One of the latest cycles is that of Ronald Brautigam, released on single discs between 2004 and 2010. Performed on the fortepiano, as part of a series of Beethoven's complete solo keyboard works, Brautigam's recordings have been described as ‘riveting’, ‘compelling’ and ‘revolutionary’. The eight discs with the 32 sonatas are now being released as a boxed set, along with a ninth disc containing the early, unnumbered sonatas. Contributing factors to the ‘refreshing directness’ that reviewers have experienced in these performances are the widely praised recorded sound and the carefully selected instruments, built by Paul McNulty after originals from 1788-1819 by the foremost Viennese makers of fortepianos. For this boxed set, the original SACD format has been retained – along with the possibility of listening to the performances in surround – thus offering the opportunity of sharing the experience of one reviewer: ‘One has almost the impression of being a contemporary of Beethoven’s: one of the first, infinitely startled – not to say shocked – witnesses to this music’ (Süddeutsche Zeitung).
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795-1797; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Sonata for Piano no 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Sonata for Piano no 20 in G major, Op. 49 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 2 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Sonata for Piano no 19 in G minor, Op. 49 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
23.
Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
24.
Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31 no 2 "Tempest" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
25.
Sonata for Piano no 16 in G major, Op. 31 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
26.
Sonata for Piano no 15 in D major, Op. 28 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
27.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
28.
Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
29.
Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
30.
Sonata for Piano no 11 in B flat major, Op. 22 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
31.
Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
32.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 2 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1795; Vienna, Austria 

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