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Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas / Maurizio Pollini


Release Date: 08/12/1997 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 449740   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pollini’s accounts of the late sonatas are steely, brilliant, and heated – outgoing interpretations with a sure grip of structure and sound. In them, the pianist never seems to push his limits, which may be a drawback considering that Beethoven wanted to suggest that effect. Still, Pollini leaves one deeply impressed with these readings, nowhere more than in the finale of Opus 111. Here there is no great leave-taking, but a vision of Beethoven soaring beyond the bounds of song. In these recordings from 1975-77, the piano seems to have been miked from about six inches off the strings, yielding a percussive, clangorously aggressive sound and no sense of space. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection Pollini’s accounts of the late sonatas are steely, brilliant, and heated – outgoing interpretations with a sure grip of structure and sound. In them, the pianist never seems to push his limits, which may be a drawback considering that Beethoven wanted to suggest that effect. Still, Pollini leaves one deeply impressed with these readings, nowhere more than in the finale of Opus 111. Here there is no great leave-taking, but a vision of Beethoven soaring beyond the bounds of song. In these recordings from 1975-77, the piano seems to have been miked from about six inches off the strings, yielding a percussive, clangorously aggressive sound and no sense of space. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1975-77 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1975-77 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1975-77 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1975-77 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1975-77 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101: 1. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto ma non troppo)
Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101: 2. Lebhaft, marschmäßig (Vivace alla marcia)
Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101: 3. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto)
Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101: 4. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit (Allegro)
Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier": 1. Allegro
Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier": 2. Scherzo (Assai vivace - Presto - Prestissimo - Tempo I)
Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier": 3. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier": 4. Largo - Allegro risoluto
Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109: 1. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I
Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109: 2. Prestissimo
Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109: 3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)
Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110: 1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110: 2. Allegro molto
Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110: 3. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo)
Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111: 1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111: 2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)

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