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CHAN 10616
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Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2010

Originally recorded in 2010

Artists:

Hélène Mercier

piano

Louis Lortie

piano

Venue:

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk


Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Suffolk


Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk



Producer:

Tim Handley

(Nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, Op. 6)

Ralph Couzens

(Nos 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32)

Brian Couzens

(Nos 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26)

Engineer:

Richard Smoker

(Assistant: Nos 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20)

Ben Conellan

(Nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 21, 26, 28, 29, Op. 6)

Ralph Couzens

(Nos 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 30, 31, 32)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Piano




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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

(1770-1827)
   
  DISC SET ONE  
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 2 No. 1

20:52  
  in F minor - in f-Moll - en fa mineur  
1 I Allegro 6:02
2 II Adagio 4:28
3 III Menuetto. Allegro - Trio 3:20
4 IV Prestissimo 6:53
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 2 No. 2

24:27  
  in A major - in A-Dur - en la majeur  
5 I Allegro vivace 7:06
6 II Largo appassionato 7:16
7 III Scherzo. Allegretto - Trio 3:23
8 IV Rondo. Grazioso 6:32
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 2 No. 3

25:41  
  in C major - in C-Dur - en ut majeur  
9 I Allegro con brio 9:51
10 II Adagio 7:10
11 III Scherzo. Allegro - Trio 3:12
12 IV Allegro assai 5:19
   
 

Piano Sonata, Op. 6

5:54  
  in D major - in D-Dur - en ré majeur  
  for piano four hands  
13 I Allegro molto 2:49
14 II Rondo. Moderato 3:02
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Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 10 No. 1

17:52  
  in C minor - in c-Moll - en ut mineur  
15 I Allegro molto e con brio 5:45
16 II Adagio molto 7:45
17 III Finale. Prestissimo 4:17
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 10 No. 2

14:49  
  in F major - in F-Dur - en fa majeur  
18 I Allegro 7:37
19 III Allegretto 3:40
20 III Presto 3:29
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 7, Op. 10 No. 3

23:30  
  in D major - in D-Dur - en ré majeur  
21 I Presto 6:26
22 II Largo e mesto 10:26
23 III Menuetto. Allegro - Trio - Menuetto 2:39
24 IV Rondo. Allegro 3:55
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 8, Op. 13 'Pathetique'

18:28  
  in C minor - in c-Moll - en ut mineur  
25 I Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio 9:10
26 II Adagio cantabile 4:49
27 III Rondo. Allegro 4:29
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 14 No. 1

13:27  
  in E major - in E-Dur - en mi majeur  
28 I Allegro 6:50
29 II Allegretto - Maggiore - Allegretto 3:12
30 III Rondo. Allegro comodo 3:25
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 14 No. 2

15:27  
  in G major - in G-Dur - en sol majeur  
31 I Allegro 6:54
32 II Andante 5:07
33 III Scherzo. Allegro assai 3:21
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 11, Op. 22

26:59  
  in B flat major - in B-Dur - en si bémol majeur  
34 I Allegro con brio 7:34
35 II Adagio con molta espressione 8:48
36 III Minuetto 3:46
37 IV Rondo. Allegretto 6:49
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 12, Op. 26

20:11  
  in A flat major - in As-Dur - en la bémol majeur  
38 I Andante con variazioni 8:03
39 II Scherzo. Allegro molto 2:59
40 III Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un Eroe. Maestoso andante 6:12
41 IV Allegro 2:57
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 13 'quasi una fantasia', Op. 27 No. 1

17:20  
  in E flat major - in Es-Dur - en mi bémol majeur  
42 I Andante - Allegro - Andante - 5:20
43 II Allegro molto e vivace - 2:22
44 III Adagio con espressione - 3:33
45 IV Allegro vivace - Adagio con espressione - Presto 6:02
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 14 'quasi una fantasia', Op. 27 No. 2 'Moonlight'

17:09  
  in C sharp minor - in cis-Moll - en ut dièse mineur  
46 I Adagio sostenuto - 7:22
47 II Allegretto 2:16
48 III Presto agitato 7:29
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 15, Op. 28 'Pastoral'

25:40  
  in D major - in D-Dur - en ré majeur  
49 I Allegro 10:46
50 II Andante 7:09
51 III Scherzo. Allegro vivace 2:18
52 IV Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo 5:24
   
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Piano Sonata No. 16, Op. 31 No. 1

22:56  
  in G major - in G-Dur - en sol majeur  
1 I Allegro vivace 4:45
2 II Adagio grazioso 11:17
3 III Rondo. Allegretto - Adagio - Presto 6:53
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 17, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'

25:22  
  in D minor - in d-Moll - en ré majeur  
4 I Largo - Allegro 9:54
5 II Adagio 8:10
6 III Allegretto 7:16
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 18, Op. 31 No. 3

22:28  
  in E flat major - in Es-Dur - en mi bémol majeur  
7 I Allegro 8:16
8 II Scherzo. Allegretto vivace 4:59
9 III Menuetto. Moderato e grazioso - Trio 4:29
10 IV Presto con fuoco 4:42
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 7

29:58  
  in E flat major - in Es-Dur - en mi bémol majeur  
11 I Allegro molto e con brio 8:46
12 II Largo, con gran espressione 8:52
13 III Allegro - Minore - Allegro 5:11
14 IV Rondo. Poco allegretto e grazioso 7:00
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 19, Op. 49 No. 1

7:32  
  in G minor - in g-Moll - en sol mineur  
15 I Andante 4:04
16 II Rondo. Allegro 3:28
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 20, Op. 49 No. 2

8:54  
  in G major - in G-Dur - en sol majeur  
17 I Allegro, ma non troppo 4:53
18 II Tempo di menuetto 3:58
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 21, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

24:26  
  in C major - in C-Dur - en ut majeur  
19 I Allegro con brio 11:02
20 II Introduzione. Allegro molto - 3:56
21 III Rondo. Allegretto moderato 9:25
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 22, Op. 54

11:21  
  in F major - in F-Dur - en fa majeur  
22 I In tempo d'un menuetto 5:50
23 II Allegretto - Più allegro 5:31
  newly recorded, not previously released  
 

Piano Sonata No. 23, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

26:13  
  in F minor - in f-Moll - en fa mineur  
24 I Allegro assai - Più allegro 10:39
25 II Andante con moto - 7:12
26 III Allegro ma non troppo - Presto 8:21
  newly recorded, not previously released  
 

Piano Sonata No. 24, Op. 78

10:13  
  in F sharp major - in Fis-Dur - en fa dièse majeur  
27 I Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo 7:12
28 II Allegro vivace 3:02
  newly recorded, not previously released  
 

Piano Sonata No. 25, Op. 79

9:47  
  in G major - in G-Dur - en sol majeur  
29 I Presto alla tedesca 4:44
30 II Andante 2:54
31 III Vivace 2:08
  newly recorded, not previously released  
 

Piano Sonata No. 26, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'

18:12  
  in E flat major - in Es-Dur - en mi bémol majeur  
32 I Das Lebewohl. Adagio - Allegro 7:25
33 II Abwesenheit. Andante espressivo 3:55
34 III Das Wiedersehen. Vivacissimamente 6:49
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 27, Op. 90

13:20  
  in E minor - in e-Moll - en mi mineur  
35 I Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck 5:20
36 II Micht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen 8:02
  newly recorded, not previously released  
 

Piano Sonata No. 28, Op. 101

20:24  
  in A major - in A-Dur - en la majeur  
37 I Allegretto ma non troppo - 3:55
38 II Vivace alla marcia - 6:09
39 III Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto - Tempo del primo pezzo - Presto - 3:00
40 IV Allegro 7:20
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 29, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'

43:22  
  in B flat major - in B-Dur - en si bémol majeur  
41 I Allegro 10:56
42 II Scherzo. Assai vivace - Presto - Tempo I 2:37
43 III Adagio sostenuto. Appasionato e con molto sentimento 17:20
44 IV Largo - Allegro risoluto 12:19
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 30, Op. 109

18:39  
  in E major - in E-Dur - en mi majeur  
45 I Vivace ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I - 3:52
46 II Prestissimo 2:27
47 III Tema. Gesangvol, mit innigster Empfindung - 2:11
48 Variazione I. Molto espressivo - 1:40
49 Variazione II. Leggiermente - 1:23
50 Variazione III. Allegro vivace - 0:25
51 Variazione IV. Un poco meno andate ciò è un poco più adagio come il tema - 2:14
52 Variazione V. Allegro, ma non troppo - 0:48
53 Variazione VI. Tempo I del tema. Cantabile 3:37
  newly recorded, not previously released  
 

Piano Sonata No. 31, Op. 110

20:00  
  in A flat major - in As-Dur - en la bémol majeur  
54 I Moderato cantabile molto espressivo 6:24
55 II Allegro molto - 2:06
56 Adagio ma non troppo - 1:43
57 III Adagio ma non troppo - Arioso dolente - 2:37
58 Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo - 2:21
59 L'istesso tempo di Arioso - 2:46
60 L'istesso tempo della Fuga poi a poi di nuovo vivente - Meno allegro - Tempo I 2:00
  newly recorded, not previously released  
 

Piano Sonata No. 32, Op. 111

28:38  
  in C minor - in c-Moll - en ut mineur  
61 I Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato 8:57
62 II Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile - 2:57
63 [Variazione I] - 2:22
64 [Variazione II.] L'istesso tempo - 2:09
65 [Variazione III.] L'istesso tempo - 2:05
66 [Variazione IV] - 4:53
67 [Variazione V] 5:10
  newly recorded, not previously released  
   
 Louis Lortie piano
  10 and 11 September 1991 (Nos 5, 6, 7), September 1991 (nos 8, 21, 26), 21 October & 3 November 1992 (Nos 1, 2, 3), 3 and 4 November 1992 (Nos 4, 9, 10, Op. 6), 10 and 11 December 1994 (Nos 28, 29)  
  30 November-3 December 1998 (Nos 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20), 14 and 15 June 2010 (Nos 30, 31, 32)  
  7 December 2009 (Nos 22, 23, 24, 25, 27)  


This box set of the complete piano sonatas is a must for all lovers of Beethoven and great piano playing. The compositions are bold and beautiful, challenging, witty and fresh. They seem to encompass all aspects of human sensibility and aspiration, and the superb playing of Louis Lortie takes the music to another level. His recording of the composer’s ‘Eroica’ Variations, which won an Edison Award, was described by Gramophone in glowing terms:
‘His account… is spacious and magisterial, virile yet sensitive, and the wide range of dynamic nuance and keyboard colour is there to illumine Beethoven’s textures and not highlight the artist’s pianism. He succeeds in communicating the power of Beethoven’s imagination: the part-writing in the fugue emerges with a masterly clarity, and is beautifully weighted and balanced.’

Highlights among the new recordings are that of the sublime Sonata No. 30, composed in 1820 – 22, which displays all the characteristics of Beethoven’s last creative phase: rich harmonic structures, a fascination with intricate counterpoint, and a strict adherence to classical and baroque forms. Also worthy of a separate mention is Sonata No. 22, a veritable study in contrasts. Its two complementary themes – a gracious, dignified ‘feminine’ theme resembling a minuet, and a stamping, assertive, ‘masculine’ theme – gradually influence one another in the course of the movement until they become thoroughly integrated and combined in the final passages.
 

               “Editor’s Choice”
“…These are performances to treasure and revisit and Chandos’s immaculate sound and presentation are a crowning touch.”

Bryce Morrison
 

Gramophone - January 2011

Performance ****    Recording ****

David Breckbill

BBC Music Magazine - Christmas - 2010

                 “Album of the Week”
‘This French-Canadian pianist has been systematically laying down definitive recordings of Beethoven’s sonatas for the past 20 years, and its great to have them collected. Technical perfection goes without saying; his artistry is subtle and revelatory, bringing out the sheer excitement of the early works, and the majesty of the late ones.
                                                           

Michael Church
 

The Independent - 6 November 2010



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