He has all the chops and a wealth of feeling and insight to convey. Volume 2 contains the most famous of Beethoven's sonatas – if you're looking for a first disc of these works, this is the one to have. 9, Bamberger Symphoniker, H. Blomstedt, Tchaikovsky, Sacred Music, G. Dziļums, Latvian Radio Choir, S. Kļava, H. Purcell / M. Locke, Orchestral Works, Vox Orchester, L. Ghirlanda, Handel et al., Concertos / Sonatas, M. Steger, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, M. Nyman / H. Purcell, Songs, I. Davies, Fretwork, H. Schütz, Easter Works, La Petite Bande, S. Kuijken, J. S. Bach, Solo Cello Suites, A. Gerhardt, Monteverdi, Madrigals, Book 9, Delitiæ Musicæ, M. Longhini, A. Copland, Ballet Scores, Vol.
Ionarts at Large: American Night at Munich’s Music... A Night at the Museum: Smithsonian Chamber Music S... Christopher Hinterhuber at the Austrian Embassy, Mo' Modern: Jenny Lin, Virtuoso Nightingale, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis - Bach Cantatas in Review, Listening Again to Women's Lives and Loves, Klavier Trio Amsterdam: The Klára Würtz Show, Fun in the Mud and Photos under the Highway. A guide to Haydn’s piano sonatas; Ronald Brautigam. He plays a 1790s Walter. Has he recorded all of them? Five of the best recordings of Beethoven’s piano sonata cycles 8) Andreas Staier is superb in his recordings of the Diabelli Variations (Harmonia Mundi). Best Version of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. I also had Brendel's on vox and that one was kind of cold and curious. Pommier is at his best in the first ten sonatas (works which I have a particular fondness for), but the later works are wonderful as well. To ears reared on Pollini, Arrau's Beethoven can take some time getting used to, in good part due to the deliberate tempos he often chooses. I wish Elektra/Nonesuch would release Malcolm Bilson's early-80s recordings of Beethoven sonatas on CD. Yefim Bronfman pf Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich / David Zinman Brilliant Classics (originally Arte Nova) This Zurich performance of the First Concerto is beautifully articulated. An integral Beethoven Sonata cycle from the foremost Beethoven pianist of his time (by reputation, at any rate), recorded live on seven consecutive nights in 1961, at or near the height of his powers at 66? She does so much with the pieces - and things that were actually written like change to 1 string, which you can't do on a modern piano really.
Uh-oh! Re-listening to these recordings, it turns out that its merits--stand alone, but also comparatively--are really strong, indeed. There are also more "mellow" cycles, "lighter" cycles, and "warmer" cycles out there if that's your cup of tea. The mono sound is easily good enough to appeal even to those who don't like historic recordings. Sweeping in its grandeur and scope. What do people think of Arrau's recordings? I do believe that it is essential to hear Beethoven performed on fortepianos. Though superb throughout, Goode is at his best in Sonatas 12-18. Discover the best recordings of Beethoven's incredible piano sonatas on CD - click on the links to preview and buy them. Nice-- looking forward to the rest, and your recent Mahler entry on Weta is helpful, as well-- I guess I'm not alone in finding Mahler difficult to wrap one's head around. To this day, his performances are considered by many to be definitive.
Luckily I’ve done that for you! Another of these early, great cycles. The Opus 7 sonata (Beethoven's longest prior to the Hammerklavier) had been largely opaque to me before I heard Lortie; he brings it home. 11 in Bb major, Op. Jandó may not be the last word in these works, but again, as I said above, there is no last word. Many, if not most, fortepiano recordings are done on Anton Walter fortepianos, originals or copies – hence it's understandable that people make the mistake of thinking that because they've heard one fortepiano, they've heard them all. Another cycle which alas is not yet complete is Jean Bernard Pommier's on Erato. A word about Artur Schnabel. I don't agree, but I do find them to be quite great.
The audiophile label VAI has released 2CDs of Moravec's recordings from the 1960s, in demonstration-quality stereo sound. Steve Kovacevich’s is a recent discovery—and possibly my overall favorite. This is the first, recorded for Austrian radio. 10 of the best recordings released in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, The best recordings of all Beethoven’s Symphonies, 10 great new Beethoven recordings released in 2020. Hope you'll continue your list someday. Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas are considered probably his greatest piano sonatas. I really like both Brendel and both Kempff sets. It's general consensus that there's no one cycle that is completely and undeniably better than others. 3, Detroit SO, L. Slatkin, L. van Beethoven, Sonatas, op. There are a lot of great recordings of the 32 sonatas, Beethoven’s inexhaustible “New Testament” of music, and I concur with many of the recommendations. 110-111 / Bagatelles, Y. Sudbin, B. Zimmermann, Violin Concerto, L. Josefowicz, Finnish RSO, H. Lintu, Mahler, Symphony No. A great set, but a huge pity that it was left incomplete at the time of his death, and is missing Op 109 - 111 (30, 31, 32). This is not the case. Alexei Lubimov on Erato has released an excellent disc of Beethoven's sonata warhorses (Pathétique, Moonlight, Waldstein). Just FYI, There is some uncertainty about this first cycle of Paul Badura-Skoda’s – which is neither his Vienna/Gramola cycle recorded between 1969 and 1970, nor the original instrument cycle recorded for Astrée between 1978 and 1989. 22 )Abdel Raham El Blacha II (Mirage, 2012/13, live) Hj Lim (EMI/Warner, c 2012)Jean Muller (Bella Musica, c 2010)Francois-Frédéric Guy (ZZT, 2009-2011, live)Rudolf Buchbinder II (RCA Red Seal c 2011, live)Ronald Brautigam (BIS, 2004-2010, on several Fortepianos)Stewart Goodyear (Marquis Classic, 2010-2012)Mari Kodama (Pentatone, c 2014). By entering your details, you are agreeing to Classical Music terms and conditions. Thanks for the blog. Certainly everything that now follows – Missa Solemnis, Ninth Symphony, Piano Sonatas, String Quartets – are on an entirely different plane to what has gone before. Dutch keyboardist Ronald Brautigam’s fortepiano recordings of the Beethoven sonatas for BIS made between 2004 and 2010 are now gathered together in one box. While overall not as fine as either Goode or Pommier, Jandó need make no apologies, and he even occasionally beats the competition: his "Les adieux", for example, is better than Goode's, much warmer. Nevertheless, I do think it's useful to have a complete recording by one artist, for the insights a single, refined sensibility can bring to Beethoven across the full range of his sonatas.
You might really like Jenő Jandó's set on Naxos. Three multi-disc volumes (of an eventual four) have been released so far, and I for one am eager to have that last volume! MusicAeterna, T. Currentzis, Josquin, Motets, Cappella Amsterdam, D. Reuss. Especially the early sonatas and lesser known sonatas Kempff comes across as having great fun with his footloose LvB. Caveat emptor! And even if you already have several recordings of the standard warhorses, Moravec is essential. This is the first, … Gulda of course sounds very different from Kempff. Komen is alive to the deepest implications of this music, and has the skill and the touch in spades to bring it out.
It’s really impossible to say that one is best.
Full of life and sparkle, but searching where called for (the slow movements of Opus 2 Note that those were recorded in 1968 so those are not exactly contemporary but recording-wise still considerably better than anything I've heard from Kempff. “Mozart is a garden, Schubert is a forest in light and shade, but Beethoven is a mountain range,” said the great Austrian pianist Artur Schnabel. Regards, Terence Wu. Personally, I prefer my Beethoven to be a little dark, and little intense, and a little emotional. There's a rough-hewn quality to Schnabel's fast movements that is quite charming; his insights are sometimes startling. And the terrain doesn’t come any more mountainous than Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, with the massive Hammerklavier and the final three … Best,jfl, Thank you very much indeed for this effort! Good to be skeptical about the merits of hard to find recordings. Re-issued on Regis, but apparently in considerably less pleasing re-mastered sound than the DG pressings. Poor Boy Marries Rich Girl: Siegfried's American D... Miss Ionarts Takes in NSO Teddy Bear Concert.
New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the classicalmusic community. His slow movements, however, are ravishingly beautiful, limitlessly fecund. Backhaus was 75 at the time and he seemed to have maintained perfect mastery of his astonishing technique.
Intercord claims the cycle to be stereo." The Intercord cycle is identical with the 1970 cycle recorded in the Vienna Konzerthaus which was then edited by Rico Gulda und Albert Franz for CD release on Gramola in the early 2000s. sometimes i feel he gets a bit too romantic, but he still gives very convincing interpretations. The biggest find here, however, is Paul Komen. Of complete sets, I highly recommend Richard Goode on Elektra/Nonesuch. Mono again, a little difficult or at least expensive to get, and therefore much hailed? It's also on my professor's music label, so I do have a bias.
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