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Beethoven: 32 Piano Sonatas, Variations, Bagatelles / Gulda

Beethoven / Gulda,Friedrich
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Orfeo D'or Catalog #: 808109   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
Number of Discs: 9 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 10 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I believe these Austrian radio Beethoven broadcast recordings with Friedrich Gulda (1953/54 for the sonatas, 1957 for the variation sets and Op. 126 Bagatelles) attain their first official release here. Stylistically speaking, they are closer to Gulda's early-to-late-1950s studio cycle for Decca than to his late-1960s Amadeo remakes.


Faster movements generally mirror Schnabel's headlong brio, but with greater technical accuracy, while the brisk slow movements are slightly more flexible in relation to Gulda's relatively militant Amadeo counterparts. However, Austrian radio's apparent live-to-air, unedited environment seems to elicit more animation and nuance all around. This especially comes across in the Moonlight's
Read more hypnotically drawn-out Adagio sostenuto, the Op. 10 sonatas, and the late works from Op. 90 onward.

Compare, for example, Decca's careful, slightly stodgy Op. 109 second movement to Orfeo's stronger propulsion and more scrupulous adherence to Beethoven's articulation directives. Similar observations apply to Orfeo's lighter, more specifically characterized Tempest sonata finale. If this Op. 54 doesn't swing so freely as Gulda's Amadeo version, at least the younger Gulda doesn't plow through the Waldstein's transition into the Rondo, although the latter's basic fast tempo and general avoidance of Beethoven's long pedal markings are open to question. On Decca, both Op. 14 finales are clean but a shade square; here they're playful and angular.


To be sure, Decca edges out Orfeo in a few cases; note the pianist's superior voice-leading in his more sharply etched Decca Op. 26 and Op. 28 Scherzos. But Gulda's assured virtuosity and joyful abandon pay expressive dividends in the Eroica and Diabelli Variation sets not apparent in the pianist's commercial versions. Gulda's youthful maturity also manifests itself throughout the Op. 126 Bagatelles, although his overly moderate, somewhat pedantic treatment of No. 4 falls flat.


I can't agree with Gulda's disparagement of these recordings; they add up to a persuasive document of the 20-something pianist's headstrong powers in this repertoire and stand as one of the most invigorating and agreeably engineered Beethoven cycles of its time.

--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:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1795; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 14 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 2 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 20 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 22 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 25 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5. Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795-1797; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 16 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6. Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 10 Minutes 37 Secs. 
7. Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 20 Minutes 30 Secs. 
8. Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/22/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 17 Minutes 39 Secs. 
9. Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/22/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 11 Minutes 17 Secs. 
10. Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/22/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 14 Minutes 7 Secs. 
11. Sonata for Piano no 11 in B flat major, Op. 22 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/26/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 21 Minutes 35 Secs. 
12. Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/29/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 17 Minutes 33 Secs. 
13. Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/29/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 14 Minutes 14 Secs. 
14. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/01/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 16 Minutes 51 Secs. 
15. Sonata for Piano no 15 in D major, Op. 28 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/29/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 21 Minutes 4 Secs. 
16. Sonata for Piano no 16 in G major, Op. 31 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/06/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 19 Minutes 9 Secs. 
17. Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31 no 2 "Tempest" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/06/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 20 Minutes 22 Secs. 
18. Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/06/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 19 Minutes 53 Secs. 
19. Sonata for Piano no 19 in G minor, Op. 49 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 8 Minutes 1 Secs. 
20. Sonata for Piano no 20 in G major, Op. 49 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
21. Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/06/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 21 Minutes 26 Secs. 
22. Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/13/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 10 Minutes 6 Secs. 
23. Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/20/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 18 Minutes 18 Secs. 
24. Sonata for Piano no 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/13/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 9 Minutes 3 Secs. 
25. Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/13/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 7 Minutes 4 Secs. 
26. Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/27/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 14 Minutes 38 Secs. 
27. Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/20/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 10 Minutes 46 Secs. 
28. Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/11/1951 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 19 Minutes 35 Secs. 
29. Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/11/1951 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 26 Minutes 37 Secs. 
30. Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/26/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 17 Minutes 0 Secs. 
31. Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/26/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 8 Minutes 37 Secs. 
32. Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/27/1953 
Venue:  Ravag, Wien 
Length: 24 Minutes 8 Secs. 
33. Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Written: 1802 
Date of Recording: 11/1957 
Venue:  Österreichischen Rundfunks 
Length: 13 Minutes 36 Secs. 
34. Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1819-1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1957 
Venue:  Österreichischen Rundfunks 
Length: 39 Minutes 20 Secs. 
35. Bagatelles (6) for Piano, Op. 126 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1957 
Venue:  Österreichischen Rundfunks 
Length: 17 Minutes 22 Secs. 

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