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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op 26 & 27, Etc / Alfred Brendel


Release Date: 09/20/1994 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 438863   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alfred Brendel’s revelatory performances bespeak lifelong communion with the Beethoven sonatas.

Alfred Brendel’s third recorded traversal of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas redefines absolutes within this cycle, long the benchmark of pianistic and cognitive achievement. Opp. 26 and 27 date from 1800-01; Beethoven ascribed the title ‘Sonata quasi una fantasia’ to each of the Op. 27 group, the second of which carries the apocryphal epithet, ‘The Moonlight’. Ludwig Rellstab’s fanciful contemporary musings on its poeticism apart, Op. 27/2 and its companion (which, like Op. 26, has not one movement in sonata form) were Beethoven’s earliest gestures toward unifying both sonata and fantasy principles. Brendel’s readings are
Read more formidably articulate; the ‘Marcia funebre’ of the A flat work is accorded a grandeur and dignity which resound long in the memory, and while Liszt found ‘a flower between two abysses’ in the Allegretto of the ‘Moonlight’, Brendel illuminates the structural unity underpinning this most ubiquitous of Beethoven piano works. Paradox and contradiction emerge powerfully in Op. 27/1; in Brendel’s hands a work of challenging proportion and originality. The slighter G minor sonata, Op. 49/1, is, despite its opus number, the earliest on this disc, dating from around 1797. Though lacking the innovative and experimental characteristics of the foregoing, it testifies to the intensity of Beethoven’s engagement with Mozart’s keyboard music at this time. Alfred Brendel’s revelatory performances bespeak lifelong communion with the Beethoven sonatas. This series continues to absorb and astonish; its eminence within the cultural canon of our age cannot be overstated. Performance:
5 (out of 5); Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Michael Jameson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 4/1993 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 4/1993 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 4/1993 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 19 in G minor, Op. 49 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2/1994 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26: 1. Andante con variazioni
Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26: 2. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26: 3. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un Eroe
Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26: 4. Allegro
Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27 No.1: 1. Andante - Allegro - Tempo I
Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27 No.1: 2. Allegro molto e vivace
Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27 No.1: 3. Adagio con espressione
Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27 No.1: 4. Allegro vivace - Tempo I - Presto
Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight": 1. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight": 2. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight": 3. Presto
Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor, Op.49 No.1: 1. Andante
Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor, Op.49 No.1: 2. Rondo (Allegro)

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