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Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas Vol 1 / Timothy Ehlen


Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Azica   Catalog #: 71253   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Timothy Ehlen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The first volume of a projected Beethoven piano sonata cycle from Timothy Ehlen explodes from the starting gate as he dives into the Op. 2 No. 1's first-movement Allegro with headlong brio, nervous energy, and not a safety net in sight. These words also apply to the angularly shaped Menuetto and the joy-riding Prestissimo. A few blurry phrases don't matter, although Pollini's DG recording offers a like-minded conception with superior control.

In the "Moonlight" sonata's Presto agitato Ehlen concerns himself less with speed than with clarity and rhythmic firmness. The Allegretto features uncommonly accentuated inner voices, while Ehlen plays the famous Adagio sostenuto first movement simply and straightforwardly. Read more />
I wish that his solid grasp of the "Hammerklavier" sonata's bucketfuls of notes and textural complexities embraced a wider range of tone color and dynamics. Still, his outer movements convey just the right energy and forward momentum, even if the Allegro risoluto fugue's basic pulse slightly slows down from where it started (this happens more often than not among pianists). A dry recorded ambience befits Ehlen's gaunt pianism, although the piano's upper octaves do not consistently hold their tuning. One last point: Ehlen needs not apologize in advance for his informative and inviting booklet notes.

--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:  Timothy Ehlen (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1795; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 15 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Timothy Ehlen (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 15 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Timothy Ehlen (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 42 Minutes 2 Secs. 

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