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Beethoven - Complete works for solo piano, Vol.3

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-1472
Release date2006-06-29
Discs1
Orig. sample rate88200Hz

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With just two discs released so far, Ronald Brautigam’s cycle of Beethoven’s piano music has already become firmly established. From the very start the reviews have been glowing, describing Volume 1 (BIS-SACD-1362) as ‘not simply refreshing, but exceptional and revolutionary’ (klassik.com) and hailing it as the start of what ‘could be a Beethoven piano-sonata cycle that challenges the very notion of playing this music on modern instruments, a stylistic paradigm shift.’ (Fanfare).
Brautigam’s performances of the early sonatas of Op. 1 and Op. 2 (Volume 2, BIS-SACD-1363), met with a similar reception, and were described as ‘revelatory’ (The Times, UK) and as ‘lifting us to heights that one thought were unattainable on the fortepiano’ (Classica-Répertoire).

Alongside with Brautigam’s playing, his instrument – by master builder Paul McNaulty – and the quality of the recordings – by Ingo Petry – have also been singled out for praise. These three join forces once more, in the Sonatas Op. 7 and Op. 10, composed by a Beethoven who at 26 had become the talk of all Vienna, and whose services as a performer, composer and teacher were avidly sought after by the aristocracy.
The Sonata Op. 7, at the time nicknamed Die Verliebte, was dedicated to one of Beethoven’s pupils, the Countess Barbara Keglevics, with whom he may have been in love. Be that as it may – the sonata’s strong focus on emotional and psychological effects has made many consider it a milestone in Beethoven’s development: the first Romantic work he produced.
The young composer’s desire to break away from the classical mould is also evident in the three sonatas Op. 10, most particularly in No. 3, with its highly romantic and personal second movement.
 
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  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Sonata No.4 in E flat major, Op.7 28:33
01 I. Allegro molto e con brio 08:26 $ 2.02 USD
02 II. Largo, con gran espressione 08:18 $ 1.99 USD
03 III. Allegro 05:12 $ 1.25 USD
04 IV. Rondo. Poco allegretto e grazioso 06:37 $ 1.59 USD
 
 
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10 No.1 16:59
05 I. Allegro molto e con brio 05:19 $ 1.28 USD
06 II. Adagio molto 07:12 $ 1.73 USD
07 III. Finale. Prestissimo 04:28 $ 1.07 USD
 
 
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Sonata No.6 in F major, Op.10 No.2 11:29
08 I. Allegro 05:54 $ 1.42 USD
09 II. Allegretto 03:21 $ 0.80 USD
10 III. Presto 02:14 $ 0.54 USD
 
 
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10 No.3 22:20
11 I. Presto 07:13 $ 1.73 USD
12 II. Largo e mesto 08:43 $ 2.09 USD
13 III. Menuetto. Allegro 02:40 $ 0.64 USD
14 IV. Rondo. Allegro 03:44 $ 0.90 USD
 
  Album total 79:21
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
FortepianoBrautigam, Ronald

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