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Beethoven - The Complete Piano Sonatas

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer Ronald Brautigam
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-2000 SACD
EAN 7318599920009
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

  –  9 discs
Release date Aug 2014
Total time 654'22

9 SACDs for the price of 4

Choc, Classica

“There’s no point making a list of highlights as there are no weak performances here; just choose a favourite Beethoven Sonata and hear it refreshed, revitalised and illuminated. …the recordings are impeccable.” BBC Music Magazine; “The playing is sensational. …Brautigam’s late sonatas are never less than masterful…” Gramophone

The 32 Piano Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven are often referred to as the ‘New Testament’ of the keyboard literature, following on the ‘Old Testament’ of J.S. Bach's 48 preludes and fugues in the Well-Tempered Clavier. Composed over a period of almost three decades, from 1795 to 1822, the sonatas constitute a fascinating panorama of an artistic career which underwent numerous changes – not to say upheavals – but nevertheless remained remarkably consistent. Ever since the first recording of the entire cycle, by Artur Schnabel in the 1930s, a number of the world's leading pianists have given us their performances of this monumental collection on disc. One of the latest cycles is that of Ronald Brautigam, released on single discs between 2004 and 2010. Performed on the fortepiano, as part of a series of Beethoven's complete solo keyboard works, Brautigam's recordings have been described as ‘riveting’, ‘compelling’ and ‘revolutionary’. The eight discs with the 32 sonatas are now being released as a boxed set, along with a ninth disc containing the early, unnumbered sonatas. Contributing factors to the ‘refreshing directness’ that reviewers have experienced in these performances are the widely praised recorded sound and the carefully selected instruments, built by Paul McNulty after originals from 1788-1819 by the foremost Viennese makers of fortepianos. For this boxed set, the original SACD format has been retained – along with the possibility of listening to the performances in surround – thus offering the opportunity of sharing the experience of one reviewer: ‘One has almost the impression of being a contemporary of Beethoven’s: one of the first, infinitely startled – not to say shocked – witnesses to this music’ (Süddeutsche Zeitung).
 
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Disc 1
 
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1 15'58
01 I. Allegro 3'19
02 II. Adagio 5'01
03 III. Menuetto. Allegretto 3'27
04 IV. Prestissimo 4'11
 
  Sonata No.2 in A major, Op.2 No.2 22'19
05 I. Allegro vivace 6'45
06 II. Largo appassionato 5'54
07 III. Scherzo. Allegretto 3'21
08 IV. Rondo. Grazioso 6'19
 
  Sonata No.3 in C major, Op.2 No.3 26'26
09 I. Allegro con brio 10'24
10 II. Adagio 7'36
11 III. Scherzo. Allegro 3'00
12 IV. Allegro assai 5'26
 
  Sonata No.19 in G minor, Op.49 No.1 6'51
13 I. Andante 3'53
14 II. Rondo. Allegro 2'58
 
  Sonata No.20 in G major, Op.49 No.2 7'43
15 I. Allegro, ma non troppo 4'43
16 II. Tempo di Menuetto 3'00
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Sonata No.4 in E flat major, Op.7 28'33
01 I. Allegro molto e con brio 8'26
02 II. Largo, con gran espressione 8'18
03 III. Allegro 5'12
04 IV. Rondo. Poco allegretto e grazioso 6'37
 
  Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10 No.1 16'59
05 I. Allegro molto e con brio 5'19
06 II. Adagio molto 7'12
07 III. Finale. Prestissimo 4'28
 
  Sonata No.6 in F major, Op.10 No.2 11'29
08 I. Allegro 5'54
09 II. Allegretto 3'21
10 III. Presto 2'14
 
  Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10 No.3 22'20
11 I. Presto 7'13
12 II. Largo e mesto 8'43
13 III. Menuetto. Allegro 2'40
14 IV. Rondo. Allegro 3'44
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13, Pathètique 17'55
01 I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio 8'28
02 II. Adagio cantabile 4'48
03 III. Rondo. Allegro 4'39
 
  Sonata No.9 in E major, Op.14, No.1 12'06
04 I. Allegro 5'43
05 II. Allegretto 3'07
06 III. Rondo. Allegro comodo 3'16
 
  Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.14, No.2 14'31
07 I. Allegro 6'26
08 II. Andante 4'35
09 III. Scherzo. Allegro assai 3'30
 
  Sonata No.11 in B flat major, Op.22 24'23
10 I. Allegro con brio 7'29
11 II. Adagio con molto espressione 6'53
12 III. Minuetto 3'13
13 IV. Rondo. Allegretto 6'48
 
 
Disc 4
 
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Sonata No.12 in A flat major, Op.26 18'16
01 I. Andante con variazioni 7'18
02 II. Scherzo. Allegro molto 2'41
03 III. Marcia funebre sulla morte d’un Eroe 5'52
04 IV. Allegro 2'25
 
  Sonata No.13 in E flat major, Op.27 No.1 14'53
05 I. Andante – Allegro (attacca) 5'00
06 II. Allegro molto e vivace (attacca) 1'53
07 III. Adagio con espressione (attacca) 2'46
08 IV. Allegro vivace – Presto 5'14
 
  Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 ‘Mondschein’ 14'31
09 I. Adagio sostenuto (attacca) 5'49
10 II. Allegretto 2'04
11 III. Presto agitato 6'38
 
  Sonata No.15 in D major, Op.28 ‘Pastorale’ 24'48
12 I. Allegro 10'22
13 II. Andante 7'12
14 III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace 2'24
15 IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo 4'50
 
 
Disc 5
 
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Sonata No.16 in G major, Op.31 No.1 23'08
01 I. Allegro vivace 6'38
02 II. Adagio grazioso 10'02
03 III. Rondo. Allegretto 6'28
 
  Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2, ‘Der Sturm’ 22'09
04 I. Largo – Allegro 8'29
05 II. Adagio 7'47
06 III. Allegretto 5'53
 
  Sonata No.18 in E flat major, Op.31 No.3 21'04
07 I. Allegro 8'21
08 II. Scherzo. Allegretto vivace 4'50
09 III. Menuetto. Moderato e grazioso 3'37
10 IV. Presto con fuoco 4'16
 
 
Disc 6
 
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Sonata No. 21 in C major, ‘Waldstein’, Op. 53 (1803–04) 22'38
01 I. Allegro con brio 9'59
02 II. Introduzione. Adagio molto (attacca subito il Rondo) 3'29
03 III. Rondo. Allegretto moderato – Prestissimo 9'10
 
  Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54 (1804) 9'36
04 I. In Tempo d’un Menuetto 4'52
05 II. Allegretto – Più Allegro 4'44
 
  Sonata No. 23 in F minor, ‘Appassionata’, Op. 57 (1804–05) 20'49
06 I. Allegro assai 8'20
07 II. Andante con moto (attacca l’Allegro) 5'13
08 III. Allegro ma non troppo – Presto 7'16
 
  Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 (1809) 9'37
09 I. Adagio cantabile – Allegro ma non troppo 7'00
10 II. Allegro vivace 2'37
 
  Sonata No. 25 (Sonatine) in G major, Op. 79 (1809) 8'41
11 I. Presto alla tedesca 4'35
12 II. Andante 2'08
13 III. Vivace 1'58
 
 
Disc 7
 
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a ‘Das Lebewohl’ 15'30
01 I. Das Lebewohl (Les Adieux) 6'47
02 II. Abwesenheit (L’Absence) 3'30
03 III. Das Wiedersehen (Le Retour) 5'13
 
  Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90 (1814) 12'15
04 I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck 4'56
05 II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbahr vorgetragen 7'19
 
  Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 ‘Große Sonate für
das Hammer-klavier’
40'24
06 I. Allegro 10'33
07 II. Scherzo. Assai vivace 2'24
08 III. Adagio sostenuto 15'47
09 IV. Largo – Allegro risoluto – Fuga 11'40
 
 
Disc 8
 
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101 (1816) 18'27
01 I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto, ma non troppo) 3'32
02 II. Lebhaft. Marschmäßig (Vivace alla Marcia) 5'28
03 III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio, ma non troppo, con affetto) 2'37
04 IV. Geschwinde, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit (Allegro) 6'50
 
  Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 (1820) 16'15
05 I. Vivace, ma non troppo 3'12
06 II. Prestissimo 2'10
07 III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung 10'53
 
  Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 (1821) 17'59
08 I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo 5'45
09 II. Allegro molto 2'03
10 III. Adagio ma non troppo – Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo 10'11
 
  Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 (1821–22) 22'46
11 I. Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato 8'12
12 II. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile) 14'34
 
 
Disc 9
 
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Sonata WoO47 No. 1 in E flat major 12'12
01 I. Allegro cantabile 4'23
02 II. Andante 5'24
03 III. Rondo vivace 2'25
 
  Sonata WoO47 No. 2 in F minor 10'31
04 I. Larghetto maestoso – Allegro assai 3'45
05 II. Andante 3'51
06 III. Presto 2'55
 
  Sonata WoO47 No. 3 in D major 17'57
07 I. Allegro 6'23
08 II. Menuetto sostenuto – [6 variations] 7'23
09 III. Scherzando. Allegro, ma non troppo 4'11
 
  Zwei Sätze einer Sonatine, WoO50 2'12
10 I. 1'34
11 II. Allegretto 0'38
 
  Leichte Sonatine, Kinsky-Halm Anh. 5, No. 1 in G major 3'36
12 I. Moderato 1'31
13 II. Romanze 2'05
 
  Leichte Sonatine, Kinsky-Halm Anh. 5, No. 2 in F major 5'00
14 I. Allegro assai 2'43
15 II. Rondo. Allegro 2'17
 
  Leichte Sonate C-Dur, WoO51 7'27
16 I. Allegro 4'49
17 II. Adagio 2'38
 
  Album total 654'22
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
FortepianoBrautigam, Ronald

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