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Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas Opp 6, 7 & 14 / Louis Lortie


Release Date: 03/21/1995 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9347   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Helene MercierLouis Lortie
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Those who have been following Louis Lortie’s Beethoven series for Chandos will not be disappointed by this latest instalment. Op. 7 is among the most consistently beautiful of Beethoven’s earlier sonatas, and Lortie’s playing has all the warmth and musicality one could wish for. The two Op. 14 sonatas are on a smaller scale; while Op. 6 – Beethoven’s only sonata for piano duet – is not part of the cycle at all: an engaging trifle, but no more. Fine recording.

-- Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine
Those who have been following Louis Lortie’s Beethoven series for Chandos will not be disappointed by this latest instalment. Op. 7 is among the most consistently beautiful of Beethoven’s earlier sonatas, and Lortie’s playing has all the warmth and musicality one could wish for. The two Op. 14 sonatas are on a smaller scale; while Op. 6 – Beethoven’s only sonata for piano duet – is not part of the cycle at all: an engaging trifle, but no more. Fine recording.

-- Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano 4 hands in D major, Op. 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Helene Mercier (Piano), Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7: I. Allegro molto e con brio
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7: II. Largo, con gran espressione
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7: III. Allegro - Minore - Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7: IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14, No. 1: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14, No. 1: II. Allegretto - Maggiore - Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14, No. 1: III. Rondo: Allegro comodo
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2: II. Andante
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2: III. Scherzo: Allegro assai
Sonata in D major for Piano 4-Hands, Op. 6: I. Allegro molto
Sonata in D major for Piano 4-Hands, Op. 6: II. Rondo: Moderato

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