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Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas / Michael Korstick

Beethoven / Korstick
Release Date: 11/13/2012 
Label:  Oehms   Catalog #: 125   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Agreat deal has been written about Michael Korstick’s interpretation of the Beethoven Sonatas. Extraordinary comments for the most part. Oehms Classics has released the complete edition in a luxurious presentation. 10 CDs in a fine cardboard package plus an extensive booklet including an essay by Attila Csampai and an interview with the artist conducted by Dr. Christoph Vratz. The recordings of this complete edition will not be issued on SACD; the individual editions retain their sonic luxury as is customary. - Oehms Classics

"...In the “Moonlight” Sonata Korstick’s approach also reminded me a bit of that taken by Solomon Cutner, the superb British pianist whose career was cut short by paralysis. Listen to the
Read more famed opening movement: Korstick gets exactly the same dead, almost ghostly rhythm that Solomon achieved back in the 1950s. I always liked that interpretation and always will. His performance of the “Waldstein” has almost the same driving energy as Gieseking’s famous 1939 recording, and I for one found his “Pathétique” the best I’ve heard since Schnabel. Most other pianists, in my estimation, get the opening of the first movement wrong by not emphasizing the dynamic contrasts as dramatically as they are written in the score, but Korstick does. And many of his slow movements are absolutely magical: Listen, for instance, to the Adagio of Sonata No. 3. Here, as in many others, the notes almost seem to float in space or on the surface of a pond, replicating (for me, anyway) an almost “altered state” within the composer’s psyche..." - Lynn René Bayley, Fanfare Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Variations (6) for Piano in F major on an Original Theme, Op. 34 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Written: 1802 
2. Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Written: 1802 
3. Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria 
4. Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
5. Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
6. Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
7. Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795-1797; Vienna, Austria 
8. Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
9. Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
10. Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
11. Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
12. Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
13. Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria 
14. Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
15. Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
16. Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 
17. Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
18. Sonata for Piano no 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
19. 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 
20. Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
21. 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 
22. Sonata for Piano no 20 in G major, Op. 49 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
23. Sonata for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 2 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
24. Sonata for Piano no 19 in G minor, Op. 49 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
25. Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
26. Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31 no 2 "Tempest" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
27. Sonata for Piano no 16 in G major, Op. 31 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
28. Sonata for Piano no 15 in D major, Op. 28 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
29. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
30. Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
31. Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
32. Sonata for Piano no 11 in B flat major, Op. 22 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
33. Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
34. Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 2 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1795; Vienna, Austria 
35. Rondo a capriccio for Piano in G major, Op. 129 "Rage Over a Lost Penny" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
36. Bagatelles (6) for Piano, Op. 126 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
37. Bagatelle for Piano in B flat major, WoO 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
38. Allegretto quasi andante for Piano in G minor, WoO 61a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825; 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: Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1: IV. Prestissimo
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: I. Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: II. Largo appassionata
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: III. Scherzo: Allegretto - Trio
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: 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
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7: I. Allegro molto e con brio
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7: II. Largo, con gran espressione
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7: III. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7: IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso
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. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2: II. Andante
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2: III. Scherzo: Allegro assai
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26: I. Andante con variazioni
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26: II. Allegro molto
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26: III. Marcia funebre
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26: IV. Allegro

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