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listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata": I. Allegro assai 9:21Album Only
listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata": II. Andante con moto - III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto14:36Album Only


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listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest": I. Largo - Allegro 7:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109: I. Vivace ma non troppo 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109: III. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo13:48Album Only


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listen  2. Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1: II. Adagio molto 8:21Album Only
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listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28, "Pastoral": I. Allegro 9:11Album Only
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listen  6. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28, "Pastoral": III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux": I. Das Lebewohl: Adagio - Allegro 6:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux": II. Abwesenheit: Andante espressivo - III. Das Wiedersehn: Vivacissimamente 9:17Album Only


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listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: I. Allegro con brio 9:41Album Only
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listen  3. Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: III. Scherzo: Allegro - Trio 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3: IV. Allegro assai 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54: I. In tempo d'un minuetto 5:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2: I. Allegro 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2: III. Finale: Presto 2:22$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 
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listen12. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110: III. Adagio, ma non troppo - Fuga: Allegro, ma non troppo10:47Album Only


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listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, "Pathetique": I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio 6:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79: I. Presto alla tedesca 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78: I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31, No. 3, "La Chasse": I. Allegro 8:26Album Only
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listen11. Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31, No. 3, "La Chasse": III. Menuetto: Moderato e grazioso - Trio 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49, No. 2: I. Allegro ma non troppo 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49, No. 2: II. Tempo di menuetto 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": I. Allegro10:50Album Only
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listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": III. Adagio sostenuto, appassionato e con molto sentimento18:55Album Only
listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier": IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto12:07Album Only


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listen  2. Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3: II. Largo e mesto12:31Album Only
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listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90: I. Mit lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90: II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen 7:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, "Waldstein": I. Allegro con brio 9:47Album Only
listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, "Waldstein": II. Introduzione: Adagio molto 4:41Album Only
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listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7: I. Allegro molto e con brio 8:17Album Only
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listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7: IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso 6:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26: I. Andante con variazioni 9:42Album Only
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listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26: III. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un eroe 8:24Album Only
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listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101: I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen11. Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101: III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll - IV. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit10:49Album Only


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listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2, No. 2: IV. Rondo: Grazioso 6:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Op. 22: I. Allegro con brio 6:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Op. 22: IV. Rondo: Allegretto 9:14Album Only
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listen  4. Der Vampyr (The Vampire): I. Andante - Allegro - II. Allegro molto e vivace - III. Adagio con espressione - IV. Allegro vivace - Presto16:07Album Only
listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111: I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato 9:17Album Only
listen  6. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111: II. Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile18:04Album Only


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  • Performer: Claude Frank
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (January 1, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
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  • Label: Music & Arts Programs
  • ASIN: B000063DK9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,768 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Acclaimed by TIME magazine and all major trade journals when first released on LPs, this set has been a Music & Arts international bestseller since its CD release in 1990. It has been unavailable during most of 2008 and has just been reissued. It will make an ideal Christmas present.

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I recommend this set without reservation.
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Claude Frank orginally recorded this cycle in the 60's to great fanfare.
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It also has very good sound quality, unlike Schnabel.
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111 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Alan Lekan on January 7, 2006
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Beethoven's Piano Sonatas are one category in classical music brimming with an abundance of quality choices - both historic and modern - and begs the obvious question, "Which set to chose?" One can spend hours and hours comparing performers and recordings work-by-work and still not really have a solid feel for which one is "the best" - at least for you. And in doing so, the focus can become overly weighted on the finding the elusive ideal recording that one can miss the importance of just sitting down with one of the many great recordings available and revelling in the depths of Beethoven's piano music.

So, if you are looking for your FIRST complete set of the 32 masterpieces, consider the complete cycles from Bernard Roberts (Nimbus) or Claude Frank here - both of which are offered at a "super budget" price below $60 brand new ($20-30 "used"). Other sets will cost $100 and up typically. Both performers give compelling, musically rich and interpretatively balanced readings. As so, such readings form a solid reference point to understand and appreciate the other historic performer's interpretive artistry (as most connoisseurs have several sets eventually). Claude Frank orginally recorded this cycle in the 60's to great fanfare. The analog tapes were remastered in 1990 and this set of 10 CD's re-released in 2002 on the "Music & Arts" label. Of course, if you are a fan of the great pianists who have recorded these works (Arrau, Brendel, Backhaus, Kovecevich, Annie Fischer, Schnabel, Goode, Gilels, Perl, Kempff, O'Conor etc) by all means get those if you like them and can afford them (although not all are complete cycles).
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 16, 2005
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Claude Frank recorded these sonatas in, if memory serves, the late 1960s and when they first came out they were greeted with much praise. Not only that, they were mid-priced even back then. They were the first complete Beethoven sonatas recorded by an American. Now they appear on CD and are budget-priced. Frank, who studied with Artur Schnabel (as well as being father of violinist Pamela Frank and husband of the late pianist Lilian Kallir) is one whose technique does not call attention to itself. What one hears in this set are closely studied performances that do not try to grab one's attention by odd dynamics, tempi or phrasing. They are, in fact, rather close in approach to that of Schnabel, but without the ancient sound and missed notes. His approach is rather gentler than some; he seems attuned to Beethoven's lyricism more than some. When the music calls for dramatic outbursts as in, say, the finale of the 'Appassionata,' he remains a bit too moderate for my taste. Still, there is something to say for a player whose playing doesn't shout.

At this price this set is a real bargain, both financially and musically. I certainly wouldn't want it to be my only Beethoven sonata set, but I'm glad I have it. I suspect that a music lover coming to these sonatas for the first time, but with limited funds, this would be a good investment.

8 CDs=10hrs, 23 mins.

Scott Morrison
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By blue-59 on December 21, 2005
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I purchased Claude Frank's Beethoven sonatas three decades ago on RCA Victrola LPs. Unforunately, RCA's discs of that era were abominably badly manufactured. The company made a big deal about how you could bend their discs into pretzels and they'd still snap back into their original shape. The problem was that their original shape wasn't anywhere near flat. In addition, the surfaces were noisy and the production was sloppy, with stitched grooves, pre-echo, overload, etc. So I returned the set to the store as defective, and RCA deservedly had to eat it.

Now, luckily, we have these fine performances on CD. Frank is thoroughly in the Schnabel tradition: deep respect for the music, but not fear of it; obvious delight in exuberant music-making; and willingness to produce pianistic effects unintended by the composer and possibly even foreign to his conception of music.

That said, the Frank set is indispensable. There are several valid traditions of Beethoven performance, and Frank's is the best of its kind. Yes, better than Schnabel's great but uneven set (Schnabel's Appassionata is weak, his Opus 111 transcendental). Frank's art is more uniformly high, he consistently hits the right notes, and the recorded sound is wonderful (far better than the old LPs, which might have been equalized without modern high fidelity systems in mind).

Schnabel's set is of course historically important and certainly worth purchasing. Those seeking that collection should be very careful, however, as several incarnations exist with great variation in sound and production quality.

I don't believe one can own too many complete sets of the "New Testament of piano music.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Papanek on January 11, 2006
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This is a marvelous set of the piano sonatas. I learned about the set from Professor Greenberg's lecture series on the Beethoven piano sonatas (also worth getting from The Teaching Company). Greenberg uses this set to illustrate his lectures.

Yes, it's true that one can find flashier performances of a few of the pieces elsewhere (I've heard the Waldstein much more fiery), but these performances fit together nicely as a deep reading of the whole set. They are invariably beautiful and thoughtful. A few are, to me, mind-blowing (the Les Adieu, the Pathetique, second movement of the Opus 111, several of the scherzi).

Also, the sound on the CD is terrific. Hightly recommended.
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