Previously available in digital video format only, Boris Giltburg's critically aacclaimed performances of Beethoven's 32 Sonatas for Solo Piano are now available on CD for the first time, and on sale for a limited time.
(Sale ends at midnight ET, 10/12/2021.)
Note: Arrival of our shipment of the 9-CD Beethoven box set is slightly delayed. We expect to be able to ship out orders of this item by or before Friday, Oct. 1.
From the vivid energy of the early sonatas, through the dark passions and enchanted lyricism of Beethoven’s middle period, to the awe-inspiring transcendence of the final sonatas – this cycle runs the full gamut of human emotion.
Giltburg's sensitivity is abundantly demonstrated here; he’s always careful to avoid climaxes becoming overbearing or, heaven forbid, percussive. The G flat major Prelude that ends Op 23 has a lovely airborne quality. In a similar vein, the Op 23/8 is another highlight.
Boris Giltburg is a phenomenon. The music seems to ooze from every pore of his being, and he makes us think anew about what we are listening to. This recording stands out for its ability to challenge the mind when thinking about Liszt’s magnificent opus.
A ClassicsToday 10/10! These are big, bold, in-your-face performances that find a wider range of expression than you might have believed possible. Giltburg has all the necessary agility, power, and expressive intensity,plus the temperament to negotiate their mercurial mood shifts.