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Beethoven: Moonlight, Appassionata & Pathetique Sonatas / Vladimir Ashkenazy


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 410260   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ashkenazy's complete set of the Beethoven Sonatas is, rightly, a favourite, even in an area where the competition is intense. Extraction of three of the most popular sonatas is an obviously sensible thing to do, though choosing these particular three has involved splitting the Appassionata between the two sides of the record. This in no way affects the quality of the performance, here (as elsewhere) of the very best: the finale, in particular, I thought went stunningly well. The recorded piano tone is full and clear.

-- Gramophone [11/1983]
reviewing these performances on LP
Ashkenazy's complete set of the Beethoven Sonatas is, rightly, a favourite, even in an area where the competition is intense. Extraction of three of the most popular sonatas is an obviously sensible thing to do, though choosing these particular three has involved splitting the Appassionata between the two sides of the record. This in no way affects the quality of the performance, here (as elsewhere) of the very best: the finale, in particular, I thought went stunningly well. The recorded piano tone is full and clear.

-- Gramophone [11/1983]
reviewing these performances on LP
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight": 1. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight": 2. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight": 3. Presto
Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata": 1. Allegro assai
Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata": 2. Andante con moto
Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata": 3. Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique": 1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique": 2. Adagio cantabile
Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique": 3. Rondo (Allegro)

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