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ON 4082

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Volume 1

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2012

Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Jonathan Biss

piano

Venue:

Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State Univ. of NY



Producer:

David Frost


Matthew Cosgrove

(Executive for Onyx)

Engineer:

Silas Brown


David Frost


James Perrella

(Assistant)

Record Label
Onyx

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 73:50
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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

(1770-1827)
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1

16:51  
1 I Allegro molto e con brio 5:17
2 II Adagio molto 7:23
3 III Prestissimo 4:10
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat, Op. 22

23:39  
4 I Allegro con brio 7:24
5 II Adagio con molt'espressione 6:37
6 III Menuetto 3:12
7 IV Rondo: Allegretto 6:27
   
 

Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat, Op. 26 'Funeral March'

17:46  
8 I Andante con variazioni 6:55
9 II Scherzo. Allegro molto 2:36
10 III Maestoso andate, marcia funebre sulla morte d'un eroe 5:20
11 IV Allegro 2:53
   
 

Piano SOnata No. 26 in E flat, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'

15:37  
12 I Das Lebewohl: Adagio - Allegro 6:53
13 II Abwesenheit: Andante espressivo 3:08
14 III Das Wiedersehen: Vivacissimamente 5:35


Jonathan Biss embarks on a fascinating journey through all 32 Beethoven sonatas. Spanning the years 1795 to 1822, these works contain some of the composer’s most profound musical utterances. Beethoven’s subtle transformation of the piano sonata form is extraordinary – from the Classical style of the early sonatas to the freer multi-movement structures of the visionary late works. The first volume in the series moves from the nervous intensity of the C minor Sonata op.10 no.1 to the sublime leave-taking of the ‘Les Adieux’ Sonata, taking in another elegiac essay with op.26.
 

"...This is a disc of exceptional quality, confirming the impression I got from the other disc in this series that Jonathan Biss is a very fine Beethoven player. The recording itself is very good indeed: the piano sound is very well reported throughout the instrument’s compass. The pianist himself has written the booklet note and this is lively and informative..."
 
John Quinn - MusicWeb-International.com - 7 June 2013

"... stylish, handsome readings that are sure to wear well over many repeated hearings."

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - May/June 2012


                      Music ****      Sound ****

Ingo Harden - Fono Forum magazine - May 2012


                Instrumental Choice

Performance *****      Recording ****

Michael Tanner -  BBC Music magazine - March 2012


"There’s a wonderfully unforced quality to Biss’s playing....the way in which he eases into the opening movement of the A flat Funeral March Sonata op26, or perfectly weights the climaxes in Op81a, Les Adieux, are marks of an outstanding pianist; for those who stay the course, this could be a Beethoven cycle to treasure" *****

Andrew Clements - The Guardian - 23 December 2011




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