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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op 13, 27/2, 90, 81a / Ivan Moravec


Release Date: 01/29/2002 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 3582   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ivan Moravec
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc contains some of the most impressive Beethoven sonata performances in the catalog. Anyone who believes that Moravec's art consists of all touch and no backbone should hear his intensely dramatic opening movement of the Pathétique, or his eruptive accents in the finales of both the Moonlight (a true "Presto agitato") and Farewell sonatas. And God knows there's plenty of room for "touch" in Beethoven: in the Moonlight Sonata's poetic opening movement, the Pathétique's famous central Adagio cantabile, or finale of Sonata No. 27, which is "sehr singbar" indeed. An impressively cogent and exciting account of the C minor variations rounds out a collection that no one who cares about this music can afford to miss. Good quality Read more remastering preserves the rich palette that Moravec conjures up from the keyboard; though a bit of hiss and a touch of hardness in the treble betray the age of the excellently made original tapes (1963-69).

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963-69 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963-69 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963-69 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963-69 
5.
Variations (32) for Piano in C minor on an Original Theme, WoO 80 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 

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