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Awadagin Pratt: Beethoven Piano Sonatas


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Here's a disc that really throws down the gauntlet! Beethoven's late piano sonatas have an almost mythical reputation for sublime obscurity. That doesn't mean they don't get played, but rather that performers (and critics) tend to treat them with a seriousness not always supported by the music itself, which is frequently intimate, playful, and charming. In coupling two late sonatas with two earlier ones, Pratt demonstrates both the consistency of Beethoven's musical thought, and also makes a strong case for the late sonatas being far more approachable than most people think. He plays these two late works with the same sort of robust freshness and unaffected musicality that he lavishes on the two earlier ones, and the result is highly engaging. --David Hurwitz

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listen  1. Sonata No. 9 In E Major, Op. 14, No. 1: I. Allegro 6:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sonata No. 9 In E Major, Op. 14, No. 1: II. Allegretto 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sonata No. 9 In E Major, Op. 14, No. 1: III. Rondo (Allegro Comodo) 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 7 In D Major, Op. 10 No. 3: I. Presto 6:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 7 In D Major, Op. 10 No. 3: II. Largo E Mesto 8:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Piano Sonata No. 7 In D Major, Op. 10 No. 3: III. Menuetto E Trio 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 7 In D Major, Op. 10 No. 3: IV. Rondo (Allegro) 4:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major Op. 109: I. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major Op. 109: II. Prestissimo 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major Op. 109: III. Tema (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo ) - Variazioni I-VI12:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major Op. 110: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo 6:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major Op. 110: II. Allegro molto 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major Op. 110: III. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo) - L'istesso tempo di Arioso - L'istesso tempo di Fuga - Meno allegro11:08$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (January 23, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000002RUP
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,892 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John L. Turner MD on May 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It could be argued that the world does not 'need' more Beethoven piano recordings -- especially the Sonatas, at a time when pianists good, bad, & mediocre have recorded not just one, but even two, three, and four complete sets. Not to mention those non-Beethoven 'specialists' who recorded several, often with great success (Rubinstein, Lateiner, Laredo, Moravec, Peter Serkin, etc.) to stand beside remarkable but still partial sets (Annie Fisher, Rudolf Serkin) -- then the completes from Schnabel (more a mess than most will admit), Backhaus (almost twice - died before repeating the 'Hammerklavier' in stereo), Kempff, Claude Frank (one of my favorites), Barenboim (spare me, again), Ashkenazy, Brendel (earlier the better), and the list goes on. But this disc is a winner -- despite the two or three Negative Reviewers, whose 'handles' speak volumes. Besides, they don't have to 'listen', obviously. Of the four Sonatas expertly played by Pratt, I like No. 9 and No. 31 the best. No 7 is tough for anyone to put across (Horowitz failed terribly); if you play -- try it! No 30 is also magnificent. An outstanding 'selection' four Beethoven Sonatas that don't seem to 'fit' together --but Pratt is totally convincing. John Turner
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 2001
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Acclaimed pianist Awadagin Pratt, known for his unorthodox style -- he sits on a bench very low to the floor. He also eschews the traditional tuxedo in favor of brightly colored shirts and gives the old masters something beyond the standard treatment. However, it's his splendid performance that really counts. His astonishing brilliance and beauty, the romance and lyricism, the incredible technique and prodigious talent, and his superb and imaginative repertoire transport listeners, levitating them into a spiritual dimension, where materials are immaterial.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 2001
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I have heard many recordings made by those considered the finest pianists, as well as having had first hand experience in hearing several of them in actual performance. All that I can honestly say is that, Awadagin Pratt may well be the closest thing to Franz List reborn as we are going to get in this life. He plays from the heart and is not simply a technical wizard as are so many of today's generation of pianists. His interpretation and artistic expression are warm, passionate and sophisticated. Also, I have read the comments made by some reviewers relative to their opinions. Some of them are more than kind but others seem to be looking for excuses to criticize. To them I would simply say that, when they can produce music of this caliber then they have the right to such comments. Regardless of motives, the evaluation of musical artistry should be left to performing artists.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christina Chew on November 8, 2001
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Mr. Pratt is an exceptional performer with a talent for stylizing within the most heatedly virtuosic material. His willful manipulation of tempos and dynamics, his varied articulation, as well as astonishing brilliance and energy, made for a provocative, electrifying performance.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "nhchen" on August 24, 2001
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The incomparable Awadagin Pratt did it again! This is truly a performance that leaves you slack-jawed in wonder. His incredible power and beautiful tone highlight the overall perfection of just about everything he plays. His fervent yet delicate emotions illustrate his obviously strong sense of the music's logic and meaning. All in all, it confirms this excellent impression: here is an artist who is not only enormously talented and creative, but also much more matured than his twenty-eight years age suggests. Pratt's rightful place in the vanguard of the world's greatest musicians is assured with every such magical performance.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 2001
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Awadagin is truly a virtuoso who performed these timeless classical pieces with such passion and energy. His technique is perfect and his power is peerless. I'm a big fan of the great legendary Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter, and I think the performance of these pieces by Awadagin is definitely at the same level as Richter's.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 2001
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I enjoyed thoroughly all these pieces played by Awadagin. His interpretation is refreshing, his power is awesome, his tone is beautiful and his style is as smooth as silk.
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