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listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1: I. Allegro 6:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1: II. Adagio 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1: III. Menuetto: Allegretto 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1: IV. Prestissimo 7:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2: I. Allegro vivace 7:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2: II. Largo appassionato 7:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2: III. Scherzo: Allegretto - Trio 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2: IV. Rondo: Grazioso 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3: I. Allegro con brio 9:56Album Only
listen10. Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3: II. Adagio 7:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3: III. Scherzo: Allegro - Trio 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3: IV. Allegro assai 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Sonata in D Major for Piano 4 Hands, Op. 6: I. Allegro molto 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Sonata in D Major for Piano 4 Hands, Op. 6: II. Rondo: Moderato 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1: I. Molto allegro e con brio 5:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1: II. Adagio molto 7:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1: III. Finale: Prestissimo 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2: I. Allegro 7:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2: II. Allegretto 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2: III. Finale: Presto 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3: I. Presto 6:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3: II. Largo e mesto10:26Album Only
listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3: III. Menuetto - Trio - Menuetto: Allegro 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3: IV. Rondo: Allegro 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, "Pathetique": I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio 9:08Album Only
listen12. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, "Pathetique": II. Adagio cantabile 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, "Pathetique": III. Rondo: Allegro 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1: I. Allegro 6:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1: II. Allegretto 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1: III. Rondo: Allegro comodo 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2: I. Allegro 6:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2: II. Andante 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2: III. Scherzo: Allegro assai 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22: I. Allegro con brio 7:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22: II. Adagio con molto espressione 8:48Album Only
listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22: III. Minuetto 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22: IV. Rondo: Allegretto 6:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26: I. Andante con variazioni 8:00Album Only
listen12. Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26: II. Scherzo: Molto allegro 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26: III. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un eroe 6:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26: IV. Allegro 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1: I. Andante 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1: II. Allegro molto e vivace 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1: III. Adagio con espressione 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1: IV. Allegro vivace 6:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": I. Adagio sostenuto 7:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": II. Allegretto 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": III. Presto agitato 7:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28, "Pastoral": I. Allegro10:47Album Only
listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28, "Pastoral": II. Andante 7:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28, "Pastoral": III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28, "Pastoral": IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1: I. Allegro vivace 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1: II. Adagio grazioso11:17Album Only
listen  3. Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1: III. Rondo: Allegretto 6:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest": I. Largo - Allegro 9:55Album Only
listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest": II. Adagio 8:10Album Only
listen  6. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest": III. Allegretto 7:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, "La Chasse": I. Allegro 8:16Album Only
listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, "La Chasse": II. Scherzo: Allegretto vivace 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, "La Chasse": III. Menuetto: Moderato e grazioso - Trio 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, "La Chasse": IV. Presto con fuoco 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7: I. Molto allegro 8:51Album Only
listen  2. Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7: II. Largo con gran espressione 8:53Album Only
listen  3. Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7: III. Allegro 5:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7: IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto 7:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 19 in G Minor, Op. 49, No. 1: I. Andante 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Piano Sonata No. 19 in G Minor, Op. 49, No. 1: II. Rondo: Allegro 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 20 in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2: I. Allegro ma non troppo 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 20 in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2: II. Tempo di menuetto 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein": I. Allegro con brio11:04Album Only
listen10. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein": II. Introduzione: Adagio molto 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein": III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo 9:31Album Only


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listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54: I. In tempo d'un minuetto 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Piano Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54: II. Allegretto - Piu allegro 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata": I. Allegro assai10:39Album Only
listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata": II. Andante con moto 7:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata": III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto 8:31Album Only
listen  6. Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 78: I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo 7:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 78: II. Allegro vivace 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79: I. Presto alla tedesca 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79: II. Andante 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79: III. Vivace 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux": I. Das Lebewohl: Adagio - Allegro 7:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux": II. Abwesenheit: Andante espressivo 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux": III. Das Wiedersehn: Vivacissimamente 6:51$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90: I. Mit lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Piano Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90: II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen 8:04Album Only
listen  3. Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: I. Allegretto ma non troppo 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: II. Vivace alla marcia 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: III. Adagio ma non troppo con affeto - Presto 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: IV. Allegro 7:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": I. Allegro10:58Album Only
listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": II. Scherzo: Assai vivace - Presto - Tempo I 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": III. Adagio sostenuto, appassionato e con molto sentimento17:23Album Only
listen10. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto12:22Album Only


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listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: I. Vivace ma non troppo 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: II. Prestissimo 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung: Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: III. Variation 1: Molto espressivo 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: III. Variation 2: Leggieramente 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: III. Variation 3: Allegro vivace0:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: III. Variation 4: Etwas langsamer, als das Thema 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: III. Variation 5: Allegro ma non troppo0:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: III. Variation 6: Tempo I del tema 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo 6:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: II. Allegro molto 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen14. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: III. Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo - 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: III. L'istesso tempo di Arioso - 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen17. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato 8:57Album Only
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listen19. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: II. [Variation 1] - 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: II. [Variation 2] L'istesso tempo - 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: II. [Variation 3] L'istesso tempo - 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: II. [Variation 4] - 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Composer: Beethoven
  • Audio CD (October 26, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B0040MF1XK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Beethoven has always been a part
of the concert repertoire of
exclusive Chandos artist Louis
Lortie, and Beethoven rose again
to the top of his agenda as he
prepared to complete his recorded
cycle of the composer's sonatas
earlier this year. Newly recorded, Sonatas Nos. 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 30, 31 and 32 will be released for the first time as part of a box set of the entire canon, which will be available at this special price.

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Indeed, Lortie's Op.101 may be the best I've ever heard.
Lance Friedel
I would have liked a brisker first movement of the Waldstein--here Gulda's blistering tempo works really well--but that is a matter of taste.
garoldovich
He plays with great finesse with good tempos in almost all of the 32.
M. A. Scott

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By garoldovich on June 23, 2011
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The Beethoven piano sonatas are made out of such sturdy stuff that they can withstand and even thrive under vastly differing approaches. No single artist, however insightful his interpretations, can say everything this music has to say. What is absolutely required, however, when playing these sonatas is a sense of color and "orchestration." Beethoven's symphonies and other orchestral works light the way to the composer's marvelous conceptions of sounds, which carried over also into his piano works. What other composer has so thoroughly exploited the various registers of the pianoforte? Beethoven growls, rumbles, and thunders in the low registers, sings in the middle, and shimmers, twinkles, and quivers in the high. Any performance of the sonatas that slights on the innate variegation of these works will not reveal in due measure the complexity of the composer's soul.

Louis Lortie well understands all this. His are highly colored performances, almost orchestral in their range of sounds. Lortie always remains within the bounds of refinement. His sense of sonority is unerring. Unlike some interpreters of these works, he always manages to "play through" Beethoven's dense textures. He never produces ugly loud sounds or distorted rubato in the name of passion. Yet his boundaries of good taste are sufficiently wide for a high degree of expressivity, if you just listen to him on his own terms. This is by no means cold or detached playing. Although not as impetuous as, for example, a Gulda, or as "heart-on-sleeve" as, say, a Gilels or Richter, Lortie plumbs the depths of these works. Those who think that only a clangorous approach to Beethoven is authentic should bear in mind how many of the composer's directions to performers include the words "molto espressivo" or "cantabile" ("sehr singbar").
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 1, 2010
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Louis Lortie is a French-Canadian pianist whose playing I know only from his fine recordings of Ravel and Chopin. He is not someone I would have automatically thought of as a born Beethoven player; his playing has seemed too French, i.e. elegant, measured, precise, cool. And indeed those qualities are here in abundance. But the funny thing is that as I listened on and on, and again and again, his approach grew on me. There tend to be, generally speaking, two kinds of Beethoven players: those that take the emotional, rough and ready approach, and those who are rather more gently romantic. Lortie is neither. He is precise, he is emotionally a bit reticent, but when one listens closely one hears nuances, variations in touch and tone and dynamics that bring deeper meaning to the music than precision and reticence ever can. Of course there are the more classically balanced sonatas, say Op. 14, No.1 or Op. 31, No. 1, which many players play as Lortie does, in a classical manner. But what about the more dramatic and emotional sonatas, say the 'Appassionata' or Op. 31, No. 2 ('Tempest'). Well, Lortie doesn't break a sweat nor a piano string, but he gets the message across and in a manner I am finding quite satisfying the more I listen to them.

I am a little disappointed in Op. 106 ('Hammerklavier') in that is really does call for more busting loose than Lortie manages, but this is the only performance that I have any significant reservations about.

Most of these recordings were made in the 1990s and issued separately on Chandos at full price. But a number of the sonatas were recorded in December 2009 (Opp. 54, 57 'Appassionata', 78, 79, 90) and just this past June 2010 (Opp. 109, 110, 111) and issued here for the first time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lance Friedel on April 1, 2012
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This as a superb set, perhaps the best of the available complete cycles of Beethoven sonatas. Lortie maintains a remarkably high standard of performance through the whole cycle. He plays with great power and conviction, and without any eccentricities. His articulation is very clear, for instance in Beethoven's "pizzicato" bass passages where the left hand plays short, detached notes while the upper "voices" have a long, sustained melody (Most pianists fudge these to some extent, but with Lortie they are consistently clear). And Lortie always seems to know where he is going, building momentum and intensity over long passages. The lesser-known sonatas receive fine performances here (No.4 is particularly joyous), and the greatest ones do as well. The first movement of the Moonlight (taken slowly) has great atmosphere and intensity, and the Waldstein is resplendent. Indeed, Lortie's Op.101 may be the best I've ever heard. Even the Hammerklavier comes off very convincingly. The layout of the set is perfect, with all the sonatas except No.4 in numerical order, and the opus-number sets like Op.10 and Op.31 together on a CD, and the sound quality is excellent, resonant in the usual Chandos style but with great detail and impact.
That being said, no one pianist can hope to reveal every facet of these amazing masterworks, and good as Lortie's set is, no collector will want to be without the many, many great recordings of individual sonatas (Arrau's Pathetique, Rubinstein's Moonlight, Richter's Tempest, Gilels' Waldstein, Horowitz's Appassionata, etc., etc.). Highly recommended!
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