Notes and Editorial Reviews
"Very stimulating. There's something so committed, so urgently experienced about Serkin's way with the music that even if certain things cause a raised eyebrow you can still shut your eyes and somehow feel the composer very close........the recording is truthful. The playing has splendid bravura and dash to it and the instrumental sonorities in the great slow movement are revealing and occasionally sublime." -- Gramophone
Peter Serkin Plays Beethoven’s Last Six Piano Sonatas
*These recordings have been out of print for 20 years
*Serkin performing the “Hammerklavier” Sonata as well as Sonatas 27 and 28, and the Rondos, Op. 50 – first issue on CD ever
*The last six sonatas – the first
recordings ever of a performance on a Graf fortepiano
This is a reissue that critics and fans of Beethoven have been anticipating for years. The extraordinary pianist Peter Serkin, son of Rudolf Serkin (himself an exceptional interpreter of Beethoven), was asked in 1981 by The Schubert Club in Minneapolis to create recordings utilizing their new Graf fortepiano, the finest specimen of these Beethoven-era pianos in the United States.
The recordings were issues to great acclaim, as they marked a great pianist creating remarkable and memorable performances, as well as being the first time Beethoven’s last six sonatas were recorded on a high-quality Graf fortepiano. But these performances have been out of print for almost twenty years; the performances of three of these sonatas, including the “Hammerklavier” Sonata, have never been issued on CD.
What is returned to music lovers here are two discs of special music-making. Peter Serkin’s love of Beethoven and Serkin’s talent to draw unique and stunning performances from the Graf fortepiano produced a memorable journey through Beethoven’s sublime final piano sonatas.
Musical Concepts has found new photographs from the recording sessions, as well as digitally remastered the original recordings to prepare this historic performances for release. The original liner notes by Harris Goldsmith are included in this set.
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