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listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio 9:40Album Only
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listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 3. Rondo (Allegro) 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 1. Adagio sostenuto 6:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 2. Allegretto 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 3. Presto 7:31Album Only
listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -"Pastorale" - 1. Allegro10:40Album Only
listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -"Pastorale" - 2. Andante 6:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -"Pastorale" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro assai) 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -"Pastorale" - 4. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo) 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -"Les adieux" - 1. Das Lebewohl (Adagio - Allegro) 7:14Album Only
listen12. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -"Les adieux" - 2. Abwesendheit (Andante espressivo) 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -"Les adieux" - 3. Das Wiedersehn (Vivacissimamente) 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 -"Tempest" - 1. Largo - Allegro 8:49Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 -"Tempest" - 2. Adagio 8:25Album Only
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listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein" - 1. Allegro con brio10:40Album Only
listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein" - 2. Introduzione (Adagio molto) 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein" - 3. Rondo (Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo) 9:53Album Only
listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 1. Allegro assai 9:50Album Only
listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 2. Andante con moto 6:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 3. Allegro ma non troppo 8:12Album Only

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Product Details

  • Performer: Alfred Brendel
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (January 18, 1994)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00000417L
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
So, why this one, with so many out there? Well, if you are a pianist, you'd know that even if you've mastered one of these sonatas, it is difficult to have so many of them up to a 5-star standard. Horowitz' Appasionata is absolutely amazing! Rubinstein, late in his career, did such incredible things with the late sonatas. Barenboim's Moonlight will make you weep. Ashkenazy's Waldstein has the power it deserves. Murray Perahia makes the early sonatas sing!
But Brendel knows Beethoven. He knows him better than all of these others combined. There is never an unBeethovenian mannerism, never a pause for effect not-intended, never a dynamic misplaced, a peddle-point missed, a trill given more attention than it deserves. This is "thinking man's Beethoven". (It bears some resemblance to Wilhelm Kempf's, but Brendel's sense of rhythm is better.) You will listen to the first 30 bars of Moonlight and think, "Well, where's the bravura? where's the beef?", and then after 60 bars you'll think again -- "how could it possibly be played in any other way?" And, after you've gotten the other recordings out of your system, you'll think the same of virtually all the selections.
I won't throw out my Horowitz -- the students need to hear it. And I think I'd say the same of the earlier Barenboim recording. But for the rest -- after you own this one, you can dispense with them -- you've got all that you need.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Alan Lekan on January 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Before Beethoven, the solo piano compositions (piano sonatas) of Haydn and Mozart were more designed for teaching, parlor music or an occasional showing of virtuosity - but within the classical restraint of the Vieneese culture. After mostly following this model for some time, Beethoven threw off these restaints and unleashed an unheard-of level of power and virtuosity - pioneering piano compositions of great drama, emotional expression and wide, dynamic tones. The public loved this new musical expression, especially such early works as the Pathetique and the so-called "Moonlight" sonata. Where piano sonatas before were well-suited for the dilattante and amatuer, these were now reserved only for the most advanced pianist. It was with such piano sonatas that Beethoven first worked out his revolutionary musical concepts that paved the way for his later and greater symphonies, concertos and string quartets - leaving behind the restraints of the "Classical period" and forging the way to the more-emotive "Romantic period."

Beethoven's seven most famous piano sonatas (the so-called "name sonatas") are on these two CD's. They are popular mostly because of the music is superb and changed the way the world looked at music at that time. These works (from Beethoven's "early" and "middle" periods until about 1801) are more popular and appealing to the average or newer listener than Beethoven's "lesser-accessible" and more turbulant later compositions. But, with so many recordings of these sonatas by so many of the great pianists to chose from, how does one decide? While for any individual sonata a certain performer may have recorded a spectacular reading, this 2-CD set by Alfred Brendel is - on a whole - excellent and highly rated.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David M. Garrett on March 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Earlier recordings by Alfred Brendel hold a top spot in Gramophone's 2005 Classical CD Review, but while not at the top of the listing, this CD receives considerable praise at honorable mention. As always, individual sonatas have their respective, best interpreters (e.g., Rubinestein or Richter for Appassionata; Gilels for Waldstein); however, this is a rarely-found sampling by a recognized "great" pianist. In addition, collecting the pieces represented here would normally require the purchase of 2-3 individual CDs or a packaged cycle. Thus, this is a bargain value. Perhaps not the "first choice" for the musical purist or trained ear, nevertheless these recordings serve as a well-above-average collection of the most familiar Beethoven piano sonatas. Perfect for the classical listener wishing to (a) discover Beethoven piano music; (b) looking to fill in or diversify an existing collection or, (c) looking for a concise B+/A- collection of Brendal interpretations.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "kv581" on April 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The music on this CD actually comes from Brendel's set of complete Beethoven piano sonatas. If you do not want to spend tons of money (the Brendel set is currently $127.77(4-26-00)), and you only want the most popular sonatas anyway, then these two CDs are ideal for you. Seven named piano sonatas are represented here, and each one of them is a winner. Also, the recorded sound of the piano is clear despite its age. Buy this double CD for a quick and painless introduction to Beethoven's celebrated piano sonatas.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By dv_forever on August 8, 2007
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There is some wonderful Beethoven playing to be heard in this set. In matters of light and shade, expansive tempos and luminious piano poetics, Brendel has got what it takes. His best performances here are clearly the Pastoral, the Tempest and perhaps the Les Adieux. The Pastoral especially requires patience and imagination which Brendel delivers. The famous Tempest finale is not rushed, but handled warmly and most beautifully. Brendel's Waldstein Sonata is not among the best but it's adequate.

But when it's time to really take the gloves off and dig into the full breadth of Beethoven's heroic, passionate thunderer mode, Brendel is not up to standard. The Pathetique Sonata was revolutionary when it was composed. It's not that long, it's not that new structurally but there is the lifeblood of the coming Romantic movement in this music. The opening movement under Brendel does not summon up the necessary might this music is forged from. Listen to Richter and hear it soar.

The Moonlight Sonata's opening Adagio Sostenuto is very famous and Brendel has what it takes but what about the finale? After the perfect foil of the tiny second movement, we hear the great counterpart to the opening adagio... the psychotic presto. Brendel is just not prepared, doesn't have the skills to make one feel this manic piece. It needs much more speed and a devil may care attitude. This is too careful. I've heard Gilels and others surpass Brendel very easily.

But the Appassionata is the biggest disappointing. I tried listening to Brendel's rendition multiple times and have found that it lacks everything this sonata is all about. This is one of the most wicked piano works ever composed. It is about a passion so deep, it should obliterate all who know it.
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