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Beethoven Unbound - Live from Wigmore Hall / Williams

Beethoven / Williams
Release Date: 04/06/2018 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 527  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams
Number of Discs: 12 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Also available from Llyr Williams on Signum Classics: Wagner Without Words

A stunning release, Beethoven Unbound is presented to mark the completion of Llyr Williams’ monumental Beethoven cycle at Wigmore Hall and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and was recorded live at Wigmore Hall over three years and nine recitals. As well as the complete piano sonatas, the release also features other works including the 32 Variations in C minor, Eroica Variations, Opus 126 Bagatelles and the Diabelli Variations, a total of almost 14 hours of music.

This is Williams’ fourth album on Signum Classics. Williams comments on the album and the
Read more partnership with Sherman: “Rather than adopt the chronological approach, I have arranged the works roughly in the order that I played them in the concerts... This has sometimes allowed for creativity in putting the pieces together. Working with Judy on this project has been a joy and a privilege. It was sad to reach the end – but at least we still have a Schubert cycle to look forward to!”

Williams has developed a reputation as one of the finest exponents of Beethoven, since giving his first Beethoven cycle in Perth in 2010, and winning a South Bank Sky Arts Award in 2012 for an epic two-week marathon in Edinburgh. The Guardian said of one of his RWCMD cycle recitals in 2016: “Williams’ already considerable stature as a Beethoven interpreter seems to grow with every performance” (Rian Evans, 25 March 2016) and The Independent commented on a Wigmore recital: “Williams treats it [the keyboard] as an extension of his body, and with the three Opus 10 sonatas plus the Diabelli Variations he took us onto an altogether higher plane” (Michael Church, 12 October 2016). Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1819-1823; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795-1797; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Sonata for Piano no 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Sonata for Piano no 20 in G major, Op. 49 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 2 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
23.
Sonata for Piano no 19 in G minor, Op. 49 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
24.
Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
25.
Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31 no 2 "Tempest" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
26.
Sonata for Piano no 16 in G major, Op. 31 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
27.
Sonata for Piano no 15 in D major, Op. 28 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
28.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
29.
Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
30.
Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
31.
Sonata for Piano no 11 in B flat major, Op. 22 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
32.
Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
33.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 2 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1795; Vienna, Austria 
34.
Bagatelles (7) for Piano, Op. 33 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
35.
Bagatelles (6) for Piano, Op. 126 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 

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