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Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas / Alfred Brendel


Release Date: 08/10/1993 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 438374   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Brendel’s second complete survey of the Beethoven sonatas, recorded for Philips during the early Seventies, redefined pianistic absolutes of technical and spiritual mastery. As these late sonatas confirm, Brendel’s matchless wisdom in this repertoire is still astounding. His legendary 1971 Hammerklavier, now in digitally refurbished sound, is yet more compelling than before. An aura of transcendent benediction and repose surrounds his rapt account of the final Sonata, Op. 111. The closing Arietta draws a final veil of completeness across the entire cycle; for Beethoven, the culmination of three decades of epic discovery. Heroic, consolatory, spiritually enriching, and absolutely essential listening!
Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound:
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-- Michael Jameson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90: 1. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90: 2. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen
Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101: 1. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto ma non troppo)
Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101: 2. Lebhaft, marschmäßig (Vivace alla marcia)
Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101: 3. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto)
Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101: 4. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossen- heit (Allegro)
Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109: 1. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I
Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109: 2. Prestissimo
Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109: 3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)
Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110: 1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110: 2. Allegro molto
Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110: 3. Adagio ma non troppo
Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110: 3b. Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo)
Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier": 1. Allegro
Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier": 2. Scherzo (Assai vivace - Presto - Prestissimo - Tempo I)
Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier": 3. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier": 4. Largo - Allegro risoluto
Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111: 1a. Maestoso -
Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111: 1b. Allegro con brio ed appassionato
Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111: 2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)

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