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Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas Op 2 Nos 1-3 / Louis Lortie


Release Date: 07/26/1994 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9212   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

According to Beethoven’s friend Ferdinand Ries, Haydn wanted the words ‘Pupil of Haydn’ engraved on all the young composer’s early works. Beethoven refused, on the grounds that he had never learned anything from his former teacher, but he did dedicate his first three piano sonatas to him. Early works they may be, but they are certainly not for the faint-hearted. The outer movements of the second and third sonatas, in particular, are unabashedly virtuoso pieces (the first movement of No. 3 even has a concerto-like cadenza) which contain some notoriously tricky passages. The Canadian pianist Louis Lortie negotiates them all with apparent ease, and – more to the point – shapes each with unerring musicality.

Lortie takes both
Read more repeats in the outer movements of the F minor first sonata, and manages to inject additional intensity into the music the second time through. I could have wished, perhaps, for a chink of light between the sighing descending phrases the opening theme of the slow movement of this work; and it is a pity that the first, explosive, fortissimo of the C major Sonata No. 3 is pre-empted (despite their sf markings, the prevailing dynamic of the opening bars ought to remain piano). These are, however, immensely enjoyable performances, and warmly recommended.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 2 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1795; Vienna, Austria 
2. Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
3. Sonata for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 2 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1: II. Adagio
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1: III. Menuetto: Allegro - Trio
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1: IV. Prestissimo
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2, No. 2: I. Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2, No. 2: II. Largo appassionato
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2, No. 2: III. Scherzo: Allegro - Trio
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2, No. 2: IV. Rondo: Grazioso
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: I. Allegro con brio
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: II. Adagio
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: III. Scherzo: Allegro - Trio
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: IV. Allegro assai

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