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Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas Op 101 & 106 / Louis Lortie


Release Date: 03/19/1996 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9435   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Louis Lortie is sufficiently advanced in a distinguished career not to feel the need to prove himself. He is a player in the very highest class – versatile, wise and very straight. He meets the challenges of Beethoven’s two most difficult sonatas head on, so that you may wonder whatever sent some of the old ‘greats’, like Schnabel, into such a fluster. If the answer is Beethoven’s metronome markings, then Lortie is in line with nearly every other pianist in playing the first two movements of the Hammerklavier a lot slower. The recording is typical of Chandos’s spacious approach, which makes you feel as though you are sitting in the middle of an empty Snape Maltings.

-- Adrian Jack, BBC Music Magazine
Louis Lortie is sufficiently advanced in a distinguished career not to feel the need to prove himself. He is a player in the very highest class – versatile, wise and very straight. He meets the challenges of Beethoven’s two most difficult sonatas head on, so that you may wonder whatever sent some of the old ‘greats’, like Schnabel, into such a fluster. If the answer is Beethoven’s metronome markings, then Lortie is in line with nearly every other pianist in playing the first two movements of the Hammerklavier a lot slower. The recording is typical of Chandos’s spacious approach, which makes you feel as though you are sitting in the middle of an empty Snape Maltings.

-- Adrian Jack, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101: I. Allegretto ma non troppo -
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101: II. Vivace alla marcia -
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101: III. Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto - Tempo del primo pezzo - Presto -
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101: IV. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": II. Scherzo: Assai vivace - Presto - Tempo I
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": III. Adagio sostenuto: Appassionato e con molto sentimento
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto

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