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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol 8 / Gerhard Oppitz


Release Date: 10/09/2007 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98208   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...Some of the strongest performances in Gerhard Oppitz’s near-to-complete Beethoven cycle are included in this instalment. The pianist truly “gets” the little Op 79’s off-the-wall modulations in the first movement development and the finale’s rollicking tunefulness. Les adieux’s outer movements are lighter in texture and more fluidly phrased than in Oppitz’s relatively stiff (albeit sonically superior) 1995 RCA recording. Op 101’s gnarly second-movement march is the very model of poise and point, with its trio section characterised for maximum contrast. One might imagine a little more textural variety in the fugal finale, yet it still yields nothing to the catalogue’s finest versions for power and accuracy. However, Oppitz inflates Read more the lyric simplicity of Op 90’s finale with an overly languid and protracted interpretative outlook, only to wake up in time for the last bars to register their sunny surprise."

-- Jed Distler, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79: I. Presto alla tedesca
Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79: II. Andante
Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79: III. Vivace
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux": I. Das Lebewohl: Adagio - Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux": II. Abwesenhelt: Andante espressivo
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux": III. Das Wiedersehen: Vivacissimamente
Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90: I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90: II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101: I. Allegretto ma non troppo con intimissimo sentimento
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101: II. Vivace alla Marcia
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101: III. Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101: IV. Allegro

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