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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonata No. 29, "Hammerklavier" / 6 Bagatelles, Op. 126 (Korstick) (Beethoven Cycle, Vol. 10)

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonata No. 29, "Hammerklavier" / 6 Bagatelles, Op. 126 (Korstick) (Beethoven Cycle, Vol. 10)

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release date: March 2012


Michael Korstick


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Total Time - 77:49
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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonata No. 29, "Hammerklavier" / 6 Bagatelles, Op. 126 (Korstick) (Beethoven Cycle, Vol. 10)

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Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier"

1 I. Allegro 8:59
2 II. Scherzo: Assai vivace - Presto - Tempo I 2:24
3 III. Adagio sostenuto, appassionato e con molto sentimento 28:42
4 IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto 11:09

6 Bagatelles, Op. 126

5 No. 1 in G major 3:12
6 No. 2 in G minor 2:37
7 No. 3 in E flat major 2:21
8 No. 4 in B minor 3:36
9 No. 5 in G major 2:33
10 No. 6 in E flat major 4:49

Bagatelle in B flat major, WoO 60


Allegretto quasi andante in G minor, WoO 61a


Rondo a capriccio in G major, Op. 129, "Rage over a lost penny"

 Michael Korstick Soloist

The superb reviews prove that it remains well worth it, both for the artist as well as for the CD label, to bring a complete Beethoven sonata cycle to market. The meticulousness with which Michael Korstick not only plays, but also researches, is unique.

The pièce de résistance of Volume 10 is No. 106, the “Great Sonata for the Pianoforte”.

"...I will comment in some detail and begin by mentioning that Korstick gets through the Hammerklavier…The first movement’s Allegro whizzes by in less than 9 minutes that at first seems like a “bat out of hell” approach. That Korstick is able to pull it off without technical mishaps is testament to his extraordinary digital abilities. With all of the vigor and speed, he does manage to show some restraint in passages that beg for greater lyricism. It is definitely a performance of great dynamism, and one thrilling to hear. While the composer himself supplied metronome markings, most believe the ones in the faster movements to be unplayable. Apparently Korstick is out to prove them wrong. The Adagio sostenuto ... markedly slow by contrast—perhaps the slowest on record, though it never seems to drag. While Beethoven never asked for it to be this slow, it flows readily and is very well sustained. It is also notably strong on beauty, rich with emotion, and deeply tragic. The final movement is in keeping with most other performances ... If we started out like the proverbial “bat out of hell”, that same bat returns at the end to take your breadth away—all of this with limited pedal and amazing clarity of texture. It is an amazing feat, and one that puts this great Hammerklavier among the top rungs of interpretations. Needless to say, Korstick contrasts greatly between these pieces. The faster pieces are brusque indeed, while the lyrical ones are as lovely as one can imagine."

Alan Becker - American Record Guide - July/August 2012

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