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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No 17, 18, 21 & 22 / Solomon

Release Date: 11/14/2000 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1190   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Solomon
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Solomon was working his way through a Beethoven Sonata cycle for EMI when he suffered the stroke in 1956 that ended his career. The 18 sonatas he recorded were reissued as an LP boxed set in the 1970s, and on CD in Japan. Testament's new remasterings significantly improve upon previous issues. Solomon's articulation gains in clarity and definition, with added tonal color, sharper accents, and niceties of pedaling to match. What's more, the sonic improvement beckons me to upgrade certain long-held opinions. I used to think of Solomon's readings of the Op. 31 Nos. 2 and 3 sonatas as cool and uninvolved, yet I now hear the subtle dynamic surges behind the pianist's poised classicism. Op. 54's toccata-like second movement sings with fluid wit Read more set up by the pianist's aptly conversational tone in the opening minuet. Solomon's magnificent Waldstein crackles with unassailable assurance and technical perfection. My only quibble concerns the pianist's reluctance to take the finale's long pedal markings at face value, as did Schnabel and Gieseking. Yet not even they equal Solomon's prismatic technique here. If you're looking to sample Solomon's Beethoven, this disc makes an ideal starting point.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31 no 2 "Tempest" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Solomon (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Solomon (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Solomon (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Solomon (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 

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