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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol 7 / Gerhard Oppitz


Release Date: 09/04/2007 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98207   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...Vol 7 offers some of this cycle’s strongest performances. Stern reserve characterises the start of Op 54’s Menuetto, giving no hint of the heightened intensity to come when Oppitz picks up speed in the octaves. The Allegretto is brisk yet clear, highlighted by the pianist’s marvellously off-kilter emphasis of Beethoven’s syncopated accents. Even at less than a bona fide allegro, the little F sharp major’s finale’s witty shifts between major and minor come off well. However, Oppitz truly gives his all in the Hammerklavier. He brings impressive power, sweep and seasoned technique to the outer movements. One might prefer a more biting, angular Scherzo, yet Oppitz’s weighty, expansively phrased Adagio sostenuto does not drag in the Read more least..."

-- Jed Distler, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Historischer Reitstadl, Neumarkt 
Length: 11 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Historischer Reitstadl, Neumarkt 
Length: 9 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/2006 
Venue:  Historischer Reitstadl, Neumarkt 
Length: 46 Minutes 47 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54: I. In tempo d'un menuetto
Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54: II. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78: I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78: II. Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": II. Scherzo: Assai vivace
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": III. Adagio sostenuto, appassionato e con molto sentimento
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto

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