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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No 30-32, Etc / Heisser


Release Date: 02/08/2000 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 40001   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jean-François Heisser
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The sonatas of Opp. 109, 110, and 111 of Beethoven are among the most creative and interpretatively difficult of his piano works. Composed following the darkest period in his life, they represent a return to creative production for Beethoven (written starting in 1822, they encompass the same period as the 'Missa Solemnis'). Appearing also in this span are the 'Diabelli' Variations, a work which exceeded the usual expectations for variations, and found new compositional depth that became the model for later masterworks such as Schumann's Symphonic Etudes.
The performance of pianist Jean-François Heisser here is broad and comprehensive. Heisser displays a respect for the material and its adaptability, while pursuing its depth in a definite
Read more manner. His control is immaculate while never sacrificing power, and he possesses the intellect necessary to bring off this vast amount of difficult and sublime music in a single recorded set.
REVIEWS:
American Record Guide (7-8/00, pp.90-91) - "...Heisser offers strong, direct, often elegant readings...The playing is cleanly articulated, with a near-perfect realization of the composer's unique sound world....There is a powerful musical intelligence behind these readings..."
International Record Review (5/00, pp.69-70) - Heisser's playing is elegant, supple, the articulation at times remarkable and Beethoven's structures defined with comparable clarity....His 'Bagatelles' and the two little Waltzes are certainly a delight..." Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jean-François Heisser (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  Theatre Quatre Saisons, Gradignan 
Length: 18 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jean-François Heisser (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  Theatre Quatre Saisons, Gradignan 
Length: 19 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jean-François Heisser (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  Theatre Quatre Saisons, Gradignan 
Length: 24 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4. Bagatelles (11) for Piano, Op. 119 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jean-François Heisser (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  Theatre Quatre Saisons, Gradignan 
Length: 15 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5. Bagatelles (6) for Piano, Op. 126 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jean-François Heisser (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Theatre Quatre Saisons, Gradignan 
Length: 14 Minutes 55 Secs. 
6. Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jean-François Heisser (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1819-1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Theatre Quatre Saisons, Gradignan 
Length: 41 Minutes 31 Secs. 
7. Allegretto for Piano in B minor, WoO 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jean-François Heisser (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Theatre Quatre Saisons, Gradignan 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
8. Waltz for Piano in E flat major WoO 80 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jean-François Heisser (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Theatre Quatre Saisons, Gradignan 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
9. Waltz for Piano in D major, WoO 85 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jean-François Heisser (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Theatre Quatre Saisons, Gradignan 
Length: 0 Minutes 29 Secs. 
10. Ecossaise for Piano in E flat major, WoO 86 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jean-François Heisser (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Theatre Quatre Saisons, Gradignan 
Length: 0 Minutes 22 Secs. 
11. Allegretto quasi andante for Piano in G minor, WoO 61a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jean-François Heisser (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Theatre Quatre Saisons, Gradignan 
Length: 0 Minutes 29 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109: I. Vivace ma non troppo
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109: II. Prestissimo
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109: III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung: Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109: III. Variation 1: Molto espressivo
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109: III. Variation 2: Leggieramente
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109: III. Variation 3: Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109: III. Variation 4: Etwas langsamer, als das Thema
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109: III. Variation 5: Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109: III. Variation 6: Tempo I del tema
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110: II. Allegro molto
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110: III. Adagio, ma non troppo - Fuga
Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111: I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111: II. Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
11 Bagatelles, Op. 119: No. 1 in G minor
11 Bagatelles, Op. 119: No. 2 in C major
11 Bagatelles, Op. 119: No. 3 in D major
11 Bagatelles, Op. 119: No. 4 in A major
11 Bagatelles, Op. 119: No. 5 in C minor
11 Bagatelles, Op. 119: No. 6 in G major
11 Bagatelles, Op. 119: No. 7 in C major
11 Bagatelles, Op. 119: No. 8 in C major
11 Bagatelles, Op. 119: No. 9 in A minor
11 Bagatelles, Op. 119: No. 10 in A major
11 Bagatelles, Op. 119: No. 11 in B flat major
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Theme: Vivace
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 1: Alla Marcia, maestoso
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 2: Poco allegro
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 3: L'istesso tempo
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 4: Un poco piu vivace
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 5: Allegro vivace
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 6: Allegro ma non troppo e serioso
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 7: Un poco piu allegro
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 8: Poco vivace
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 9: Allegro pesante e risoluto
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 10: Presto
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 11: Allegretto
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 12: Un poco piu mosso
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 13: Vivace
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 14: Grave e maestoso
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 15: Presto scherzando
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 16: Allegro
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 17: (Allegro)
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 18: Poco moderato
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 19: Presto
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 20: Andante
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 21: Allegro con brio
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 22: Allegro molto
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 23: Allegro assai
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 24: Fughetta - Andante
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 25: Allegro
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 26: (Piacevole)
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 27: Vivace
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 28: Allegro
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 29: Adagio ma non troppo
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 30: Andante, sempre cantabile
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 31: Largo, molto espressivo
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 32: Fuga - Allegro
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations": Variation 33: Tempo di Menuetto, moderato
6 Bagatelles, Op. 126: No. 1 in G major
6 Bagatelles, Op. 126: No. 2 in G minor
6 Bagatelles, Op. 126: No. 3 in E flat major
6 Bagatelles, Op. 126: No. 4 in B minor
6 Bagatelles, Op. 126: No. 5 in G major
6 Bagatelles, Op. 126: No. 6 in E flat major
Allegretto in B minor, WoO 61
Waltz in E flat major, WoO 84
Waltz in D major, WoO 85
Ecossaise in E flat major, WoO 86
Allegretto quasi andante in G minor, WoO 61a

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