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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas / Kissin


Release Date: 09/08/2017 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002712902  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Evgeny Kissin
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

After a break of 25 years, Evgeny Kissin signed a new exclusive contract with the Yellow Label. The partnership resumes with the release of Beethoven, Kissin’s first solo recital recording in over a decade. With a program handpicked by Kissin from recitals given over the past decade, the 2-CD album features Piano Sonatas No.14 Op.27 No.2, “Moonlight” and No.23 Op.57, “Appassionata,” as well as 32 Variations in C minor WoO 80 and Piano Sonata No.32 Op.111, the composer’s final work in the genre.

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REVIEW:

Kissin views the 32 Variations from an essentially pianistic perspective, where technical bravura takes priority over creating unified tempo relationships from one variation to the next. It’s a
Read more valid approach, providing that one has the fingers to bring it off, as Kissin unquestionably does. The “Moonlight” sonata fares best in Kissin’s vehement Finale, where Carnegie Hall’s ambience underlines the dynamic contrasts to intense effect. The “Les Adieux” sonata’s outer movements abound with strong character and textural clarity. He embraces the Op. 111’s large-scale terrain with earnestness and seriousness of purpose. The broad pacing of the Arietta allows for assiduously unified tempo relationships between variations.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Evgeny Kissin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Evgeny Kissin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Evgeny Kissin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Evgeny Kissin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Evgeny Kissin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Variations (32) for Piano in C minor on an Original Theme, WoO 80 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Evgeny Kissin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 

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