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Louis Lortie Plays Beethoven - Complete Piano Sonatas

Beethoven / Lortie / Mercier
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10616   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie
Number of Discs: 9 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Beethoven has always been a part of the concert repertoire of exclusive Chandos artist Louis Lortie, and it rose again to the top of his agenda as he prepared to complete his recorded cycle of the composer's sonatas earlier this year. Sonatas Nos 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 30, 31 and 32, newly recorded, will be released for the first time as part of a box set of the entire canon, which will be available at the bargain price of 9 CDs for the price of 3. This box set of the complete piano sonatas is a must for all lovers of Beethoven and great piano playing. The compositions are bold and beautiful, challenging, witty and fresh. They seem to encompass all aspects of human sensibility and aspiration, and the superb playing of Louis Lortie takes the Read more music to another level. His recording of the composer's 'Eroica' Variations, which won an Edison Award, was described by Gramophone in glowing terms: 'His account... is spacious and magisterial, virile yet sensitive, and the wide range of dynamic nuance and keyboard colour is there to illumine Beethoven's textures and not highlight the artist's pianism. He succeeds in communicating the power of Beethoven's imagination: the part-writing in the fugue emerges with a masterly clarity, and is beautifully weighted and balanced.' Highlights among the new recordings are that of the sublime Sonata No. 30, composed in 1820 - 22, which displays all the characteristics of Beethoven's last creative phase: rich harmonic structures, a fascination with intricate counterpoint, and a strict adherence to classical and baroque forms. Also worthy of a separate mention is Sonata No. 22, a veritable study in contrasts. Its two complementary themes - a gracious, dignified 'feminine' theme resembling a minuet, and a stamping, assertive, 'masculine' theme - gradually influence one another in the course of the movement until they become thoroughly integrated and combined in the final passages. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 2 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1795; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 2 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795-1797; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Sonata for Piano no 11 in B flat major, Op. 22 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Sonata for Piano no 15 in D major, Op. 28 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Sonata for Piano no 16 in G major, Op. 31 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31 no 2 "Tempest" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Sonata for Piano no 19 in G minor, Op. 49 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Sonata for Piano no 20 in G major, Op. 49 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
23.
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
24.
Sonata for Piano no 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
25.
Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
26.
Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 
27.
Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
28.
Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
29.
Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria 
30.
Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
31.
Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
32.
Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1: II. Adagio
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1: IV. Prestissimo
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2, No. 2: I. Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2, No. 2: II. Largo appassionato
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2, No. 2: III. Scherzo: Allegretto - Trio
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2, No. 2: IV. Rondo: Grazioso
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: I. Allegro con brio
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: II. Adagio
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: III. Scherzo: Allegro - Trio
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: IV. Allegro assai
Sonata in D major for Piano 4 Hands, Op. 6: I. Allegro molto
Sonata in D major for Piano 4 Hands, Op. 6: II. Rondo: Moderato
Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1: I. Molto allegro e con brio
Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1: II. Adagio molto
Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1: III. Finale: Prestissimo
Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2: II. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2: III. Finale: Presto
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3: I. Presto
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3: II. Largo e mesto
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3: III. Menuetto - Trio - Menuetto: Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3: IV. Rondo: Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, "Pathetique": I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, "Pathetique": II. Adagio cantabile
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, "Pathetique": III. Rondo: Allegro

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