Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas

Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Artist Alfred Brendel piano
Format 9 CD
Cat. number 94075
EAN code 5028421940755
Release September 2010

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For many collectors in the 1960s, the budget priced Vox Turnabout LPs of the Beethoven Sonatas and Concertos were a revelation, and introduced an amazing young talent to the public.

Alfred Brendel was born in 1931 in Wiesenberg, and won the Concorso Busoni in 1949. He studied with Edwin Fischer, Paul Baumgartner and Edward Steuermann. The Vox Beethoven recordings won the Grand Prix du Disque in 1965, and were praised by critics world-wide.

These early recordings illustrate clearly all the characteristics that would become a hallmark of Brendel’s playing. A refusal to fall back on ‘flashy’ bravura, and the intellectual rigour he brings to the Beethoven sonatas marked him out even in these early recordings as one of the very great pianists of the 20th century. Brendel retired from the musical scene in 2009 at the height of his powers, leaving a recorded legacy without parallel in the music of Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert.

Other information:
- "They are lively, direct, forceful and stylish; and nowhere do they find Brendel wanting in brilliance or facility. He certainly sounds as if he enjoys playing the piano" (Gramophone, June 1964).
- "This is a strikingly polished performance of the “Hammerklavier” Sonata" (Gramophone, April 1962).
- "Principally it is the earlier sonatas which are included here, and these benefit very much from Brendel's strong attack. But the slow movements, too, seem more fully satisfying now than they did in the last box: those of the C major and E flat Sonatas, particularly, take their rightful place as forerunners of Beethoven's adagio style to come. Again Brendel is generous with repeats" (Gramophone, March 1965).
• The sonatas in this present box are most beautifully played. Particularly, perhaps, the quicker and more forthright movements; here there is a splendid rhythmic firmness, helped along by strong accents and by an effective habit of spreading an occasional chord for extra stress (this must have been clone in Beethoven's time, you would think, with harpsichord techniques still in the air). The rhythmic control is especially rewarding in contrapuntal sections of the music, where Brendel's left hand projects the whole music firmly forward’ Gramophone February 1965
• “This was the set that first put Brendel on the road to international recognition. Listening to it, you can tell why that is.” MusicWeb, January 2011
• Comprehensive booklet essay

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat Op.106 ‘Hammerklavier’ I. Allegro
  2. Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat Op.106 ‘Hammerklavier’ II. Scherzo: Assai vivace
  3. Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat Op.106 ‘Hammerklavier’ III. Adagio sostenuto
  4. Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat Op.106 ‘Hammerklavier’ IV. Largo – Allegro risoluto
  5. Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor Op.111 I. Maestoso – Allegro con brio e appassionato
  6. Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor Op.111 Arietta: Adagio molto, semplice e cantabile

Disk 2

  1. Piano Sonata No.28 in A Op.101 I. Allegretto ma non troppo
  2. Piano Sonata No.28 in A Op.101 II. Vivace alla marcia
  3. Piano Sonata No.28 in A Op.101 III. Adagio ma non troppo con affetto – Presto
  4. Piano Sonata No.30 in E Op.109 I. Vivace ma non troppo – Adagio espressivo
  5. Piano Sonata No.30 in E Op.109 II. Prestissimo
  6. Piano Sonata No.30 in E Op.109 III. Tema con variazioni
  7. Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat Op.110 I. Moderato cantabile, molto espressivo
  8. Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat Op.110 II. Allegro molto – III. Adagio ma non troppo –
  9. Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat Op.110 Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo
  10. Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor Op.90 I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
  11. Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor Op.90 II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen

Disk 3

  1. Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57 ‘Appassionata’ I. Allegro assai
  2. Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57 ‘Appassionata’ II. Andante con moto
  3. Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57 ‘Appassionata’ III. Allegro ma non troppo
  4. Piano Sonata No.22 in F Op.54 I. In tempo d’un menuetto
  5. Piano Sonata No.22 in F Op.54 II. Allegretto
  6. Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat Op.81a ‘Les Adieux’ I. Les Adieux: Adagio – Allegro
  7. Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat Op.81a ‘Les Adieux’ II. L’Absence: Andante espressivo
  8. Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat Op.81a ‘Les Adieux’ III. Le Retour: Vivacissimamente
  9. Piano Sonata No.16 in G Op.31 No.1 I. Allegro vivace
  10. Piano Sonata No.16 in G Op.31 No.1 II. Adagio grazioso
  11. Piano Sonata No.16 in G Op.31 No.1 III. Rondo: Allegretto

Disk 4

  1. Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor Op.31 No.2 ‘Tempest’ I. Largo – Allegro – Adagio
  2. Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor Op.31 No.2 ‘Tempest’ II. Adagio
  3. Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor Op.31 No.2 ‘Tempest’ III. Allegretto
  4. Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat Op.31 No.3 I. Allegro
  5. Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat Op.31 No.3 II. Scherzo: Allegretto vivace
  6. Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat Op.31 No.3 III. Menuetto: Moderato e grazioso
  7. Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat Op.31 No.3 IV. Presto con fuoco
  8. Piano Sonata No.21 in C Op.53 ‘Waldstein’ I. Allegro con brio
  9. Piano Sonata No.21 in C Op.53 ‘Waldstein’ II. Introduzione: Adagio molto
  10. Piano Sonata No.21 in C Op.53 ‘Waldstein’ III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato – Prestissimo
  11. Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor Op.49 No.1 I. Andante
  12. Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor Op.49 No.1 II. Rondo: Allegro

Disk 5

  1. Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor Op.2 No.1 I. Allegro
  2. Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor Op.2 No.1 II. Adagio
  3. Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor Op.2 No.1 III. Menuetto: Allegretto – Trio
  4. Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor Op.2 No.1 IV. Prestissimo
  5. Piano Sonata No.25 IN G Op.79 I. Presto alla tedesca
  6. Piano Sonata No.25 IN G Op.79 II. Andante
  7. Piano Sonata No.25 IN G Op.79 III. Vivace
  8. Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor Op.10 No.1 I. Allegro molto e con brio
  9. Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor Op.10 No.1 II. Adagio molto
  10. Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor Op.10 No.1 III. Finale: Prestissimo
  11. Piano Sonata No.6 in F Op.10 No.2 I. Allegro
  12. Piano Sonata No.6 in F Op.10 No.2 II. Allegretto
  13. Piano Sonata No.6 in F Op.10 No.2 III. Presto
  14. Piano Sonata No.9 in E Op.14 No.1 I. Allegro
  15. Piano Sonata No.9 in E Op.14 No.1 II. Allegretto
  16. Piano Sonata No.9 in E Op.14 No.1 III. Rondo: Allegro comodo

Disk 6

  1. Piano Sonata No.10 in G Op.14 No.2 I. Allegro
  2. Piano Sonata No.10 in G Op.14 No.2 II. Andante
  3. Piano Sonata No.10 in G Op.14 No.2 III. Scherzo: Allegro assai
  4. Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat Op.27 No.1 I. Andante – Allegro – Andante
  5. Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat Op.27 No.1 II. Allegro molto e vivace
  6. Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat Op.27 No.1 III. Adagio con espressione
  7. Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat Op.27 No.1 IV. Finale: Allegro vivace
  8. Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor Op.27 No.2 ‘Moonlight’ I. Adagio sostenuto
  9. Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor Op.27 No.2 ‘Moonlight’ II. Allegretto
  10. Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor Op.27 No.2 ‘Moonlight’ III. Presto agitato
  11. Piano Sonata No.15 in D Op.28 ‘Pastoral’ I. Allegro
  12. Piano Sonata No.15 in D Op.28 ‘Pastoral’ II. Andante
  13. Piano Sonata No.15 in D Op.28 ‘Pastoral’ III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace – Trio - IV Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

Disk 7

  1. Piano Sonata No.7 in D Op.10 No.3 I. Presto
  2. Piano Sonata No.7 in D Op.10 No.3 II. Largo e mesto
  3. Piano Sonata No.7 in D Op.10 No.3 III. Menuetto: Allegro
  4. Piano Sonata No.7 in D Op.10 No.3 IV. Rondo: Allegro
  5. Piano Sonata No.2 in A Op.2 No.2 I. Allegro vivace
  6. Piano Sonata No.2 in A Op.2 No.2 II. Largo appassionato
  7. Piano Sonata No.2 in A Op.2 No.2 III. Scherzo: Allegretto – Trio
  8. Piano Sonata No.2 in A Op.2 No.2 IV. Rondo: Grazioso
  9. Piano Sonata No.3 in C Op.2 No.3 I. Allegro con brio
  10. Piano Sonata No.3 in C Op.2 No.3 II. Adagio
  11. Piano Sonata No.3 in C Op.2 No.3 III. Scherzo: Allegro – Trio
  12. Piano Sonata No.3 in C Op.2 No.3 IV. Allegro assai

Disk 8

  1. Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor Op.13 ‘Pathétique’ I. Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio
  2. Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor Op.13 ‘Pathétique’ II. Adagio cantabile
  3. Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor Op.13 ‘Pathétique’ III. Rondo: Allegro
  4. Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat Op.22 I. Allegro con brio
  5. Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat Op.22 II. Adagio con molto espressione
  6. Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat Op.22 III. Menuetto
  7. Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat Op.22 IV. Rondo: Allegretto
  8. Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat Op.26 ‘Funeral March’ I. Andante con variazioni
  9. Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat Op.26 ‘Funeral March’ II. Scherzo: Allegro molto – Trio
  10. Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat Op.26 ‘Funeral March’ III. Maestoso andante ‘Marcia funebre sulla morte d’une Eroe’
  11. Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat Op.26 ‘Funeral March’ IV. Allegro
  12. Piano Sonata No.24 in F sharp Op.78 I. Adagio cantabile – Allegro ma non troppo
  13. Piano Sonata No.24 in F sharp Op.78 II. Allegro vivace

Disk 9

  1. Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat Op.7 I. Allegro molto e con brio
  2. Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat Op.7 II. Largo con gran espressione
  3. Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat Op.7 III. Allegro
  4. Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat Op.7 IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso
  5. Piano Sonata No.20 in G Op.49 No.2 I. Allegro ma non troppo
  6. Piano Sonata No.20 in G Op.49 No.2 II. Tempo di menuetto