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Beethoven: Complete Works For Solo Piano Vol 8 / Brautigam

Beethoven / Brautigam
Release Date: 07/27/2010 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1613  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The 32 piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven have been called ‘the New Testament of piano music', and belong to the most recorded repertoire of any instrument. With this disc, volume eight in his traversal of Beethoven's music for solo piano, Ronald Brautigam has reached the last of the 32, completing a sonata cycle which has made a great impression on all who have been following it. As one reviewer, in Süddeutsche Zeitung, described his reaction, ‘one almost feels like a contemporary of Beethoven's, one of the first to hear this music – immensely astonished, not to say agitated.' His colleague in The Times (UK) agreed, claiming that ‘Beethoven the revolutionary comes closer than ever in Brautigam's fiery interpretations.' Brautigam has Read more chosen to record these seminal works on fortepiano, and throughout the series uses two different instruments mirroring the rapid development of the piano during the three decades that saw the birth of these sonatas. This has certainly added to the interest in the series, and caused the critic in Fanfare magazine to imagine ‘a stylistic paradigm shift – a Beethoven piano-sonata cycle that challenges the very notion of playing this music on modern instruments'. But first and foremost it is the purely musical qualities of Ronald Brautigam's cycle that have impressed listeners, as witness the following quote from a review in Gramophone: ‘Stunning performances that are technically breathtaking, stylistically astute, emotionally intense and musically alive in every moment.' The final chapters in Beethoven's pianistic testament are no less thrilling than those that have preceded them, and Brautigam's readings of them make for a grand finale of the sonata cycle. As an appendix to this recording, the early, unnumbered Bonn sonatas will appear on disc in the autumn of 2010, to be followed by a further eight discs of Variations, Bagatelles and other pieces for solo piano. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101: I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101: II. Lebhaft. Marschmassig
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101: III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101: IV. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit
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. 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: Allegro, ma non troppo
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

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