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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Alfred Brendel displays a technical mastery and visionary quality which surpasses his own previous fine recordings of these works.
The two Piano Sonatas, Opp. 53 and 54 of 1804, signalled the beginning of a new phase in Beethoven's compositional output, The large-scale conception of form in the Waldstein Sonata, emphasized by its brief but intensely concentrated slow movement, and the concentration of form and thematic content in the two-movement F major Sonata, offer very different approaches to musical design.
In this latest volume of his new complete cycle of Beethoven's sonatas, Alfred Brendel displays a technical mastery and visionary quality which, to my ears, surpasses his own previous fine
recordings of these works. In the Waldstein Sonata, Brendel's sense of line and standard of pianism falls only marginally short of Gilels's superb 1972 version. Brendel's depth of understanding produces a wealth of fine detail in the outer movements, and the registrally distinctive dialogue of the introduzione is eloquently expressed. The more decorative Andante favori, the sonata's original slow movement, is played exquisitely.
With the F major Sonata, Brendel achieves a wonderful unity of contrasts as the heavily punctuated, thematically differentiated gestures of the first movement give way to the clear, seamless contrapuntal texture of the second.
The A major Sonata, Op. 101, looks forward to the music of Beethoven's final decade where integration is achieved through economy of means and the way in which the movements are linked. Compared with his recently re-released 1970s version, Brendel unfolds the work's directional sequence with greater spontaneity, and his magnificent tonal control, assisted by a soft-edged piano image, produces beautiful results.
-- Gramophone [11/1993]
Works on This Recording
Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein": 1. Allegro con brio
Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein": 2. Introduzione (Adagio molto)
Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein": 3. Rondo (Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo)
Piano Sonata No.22 in F, Op.54: 1. In Tempo d'un Menuetto
Piano Sonata No.22 in F, Op.54: 2. Allegretto
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 Entschlossen- heit (Allegro)
Andante favori in F, WoO 57
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