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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol 8 / Gerhard Oppitz


Release Date: 10/09/2007 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98208   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...Some of the strongest performances in Gerhard Oppitz’s near-to-complete Beethoven cycle are included in this instalment. The pianist truly “gets” the little Op 79’s off-the-wall modulations in the first movement development and the finale’s rollicking tunefulness. Les adieux’s outer movements are lighter in texture and more fluidly phrased than in Oppitz’s relatively stiff (albeit sonically superior) 1995 RCA recording. Op 101’s gnarly second-movement march is the very model of poise and point, with its trio section characterised for maximum contrast. One might imagine a little more textural variety in the fugal finale, yet it still yields nothing to the catalogue’s finest versions for power and accuracy. However, Oppitz inflates Read more the lyric simplicity of Op 90’s finale with an overly languid and protracted interpretative outlook, only to wake up in time for the last bars to register their sunny surprise."

-- Jed Distler, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 

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