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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 8 / Michael Korstick

Beethoven / Korstick,Michael
Release Date: 11/16/2010 
Label:  Oehms   Catalog #: 661   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Michael Korstick does not see recordings as “snapshots” that could be replaced at any time simply because some new aspect in the music might be considered. When he records a work, he is attempting to realize an ideal: an ideal against which he would gladly be measured in the long term. With that in mind, OehmsClassics now releases a new volume in this cycle. It contains the Waldstein sonata, which Korstick recorded in 2003, and for which he received euphoric reviews. The other works on this CD, however, the Sonata op. 54 and the “Appassionata” op. 57, are the pianist’s first recordings of these works. Here again, Korstick’s uncompromising
Read more exploration of the boundaries of the possible – i.e. following Beethoven’s directions to the performer to the letter – is superb.

The program presents a fascinating cross section of Beethoven’s sonatas. Two of the great classics of the piano repertoire, the Waldstein Sonata and the Appassionata, frame a relatively small-format work that is often underestimated due to its immediate proximity to the neighboring monoliths, but which is amazing in its own right!
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, "Waldstein": I. Allegro con brio
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, "Waldstein": II. Introduzione: Adagio molto
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, "Waldstein": III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo
Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54: I. In tempo d'un minuetto
Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54: II. Allegretto - Piu allegro
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata": I. Allegro assai
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata": II. Andante con moto
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata": III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto

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