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Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas / Claude Frank


Release Date: 06/25/2002 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 4640   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 10 Hours 23 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Music and Arts has repackaged its reissue of Claude Frank's late-1960s Beethoven Sonata cycle (originally released by RCA to tie in with the composer's 1970 bicentennial) in a space-saving box with much-improved graphics and an enticing price to boot. The back of the box lists several press blurbs, including a lengthy one culled from my favorable review (in another publication) of this cycle's earlier CD incarnation. In contrast to presenting the sonatas in opus number progression, the pianist wisely chose to mix and match, programming each of the 10 discs as a mini-recital, so to speak. This results in revealing stylistic contrasts between early and late works, while at the same time pointing up how Beethoven might deploy similar melodic Read more or rhythmic devices in sonatas you wouldn't automatically link up.

For example, Frank follows the little F major Op. 10 No. 2 with the A-flat Sonata Op. 110. Listen to the former's concluding Presto, with its jaunty repeated-note theme. Then hear how Beethoven treats repeated notes in a more asymmetrical manner, galvanized by syncopation accents, in Op. 110's Allegro Molto. You can make similar contextual leaps throughout this set, but what's most important, of course, is Frank's vital, communicative, and stimulating artistry, on both intellectual and emotional levels. As with his primary teachers Artur Schnabel and Rudolf Serkin, Frank's music-making aims to fuse architecture with passion--and it succeeds brilliantly.

Note the unusual clarity and shape with which Frank imbues bass lines and inner voices, yet he never loses sight of the composer's assertive brio. He relishes the larger-scaled sonatas' heroic contours (the Appassionata, Waldstein, Hammerklavier, or the C major Op. 2 No. 3) while giving plenty of definition and bite to details such as dotted rhythms and subito dynamics. It's also clear that Frank harbors equal affection for smaller "no-name" sonatas, borne out by his inspired, genially inflected performances of the Op. 14 and Op. 49 pairs. In short, this is one of the most rewarding Beethoven cycles on the market, deserving of equal consideration alongside the reference versions.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 2 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1795; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 16 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 25 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 28 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795-1797; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 17 Minutes 23 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 11 Minutes 46 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 25 Minutes 51 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 16 Minutes 42 Secs. 
8.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 13 Minutes 47 Secs. 
9.
Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 16 Minutes 31 Secs. 
10.
Sonata for Piano no 11 in B flat major, Op. 22 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 24 Minutes 33 Secs. 
11.
Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 23 Minutes 20 Secs. 
12.
Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 15 Minutes 57 Secs. 
13.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 13 Minutes 40 Secs. 
14.
Sonata for Piano no 15 in D major, Op. 28 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 22 Minutes 54 Secs. 
15.
Sonata for Piano no 16 in G major, Op. 31 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 25 Minutes 20 Secs. 
16.
Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31 no 2 "Tempest" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 23 Minutes 28 Secs. 
17.
Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 21 Minutes 58 Secs. 
18.
Sonata for Piano no 19 in G minor, Op. 49 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 21 Secs. 
19.
Sonata for Piano no 20 in G major, Op. 49 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 22 Secs. 
20.
Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 23 Minutes 53 Secs. 
21.
Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 
22.
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 23 Minutes 42 Secs. 
23.
Sonata for Piano no 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 23 Secs. 
24.
Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 8 Secs. 
25.
Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 16 Minutes 3 Secs. 
26.
Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 12 Minutes 36 Secs. 
27.
Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 21 Minutes 31 Secs. 
28.
Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 44 Minutes 18 Secs. 
29.
Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 19 Minutes 53 Secs. 
30.
Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 19 Minutes 1 Secs. 
31.
Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 27 Minutes 14 Secs. 
32.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 2 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claude Frank (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 23 Minutes 50 Secs. 

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. 16 in G major, Op. 31, No. 1: I. Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31, No. 1: II. Adagio grazioso
Piano Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31, No. 1: III. Rondo: Allegretto
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 - III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14, No. 1: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14, No. 1: II. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14, No. 1: III. Rondo: Allegro comodo
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest": I. Largo - Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest": II. Adagio
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest": III. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109: I. Vivace ma non troppo
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109: II. Prestissimo
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109: III. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo

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