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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas 8, 14 & 23
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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas 8, 14 & 23

Ludwig van Beethoven , Jeno Jando Audio CD
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  • Performer: Jeno Jando
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (June 30, 1992)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000013J4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first thing to know is that Pathétique; does not mean "pathetic," but rather "moody" or "dramatic." That's exactly what Beethoven's music is, and if you don't recognize the slow movement as a pop standard, then you haven't been conscious for the last 20 years or so. The second important fact is that this particular trio of sonatas has become the Beethoven pianist's calling card. Everyone plays them, and there are millions of versions to choose from. The third and final thing you should know is that even if this disc were not available at a budget price, the performances would all be strongly recommended. Jando is an excellent Beethoven pianist, and his sonata cycle stands among the best. --David Hurwitz

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This review is being written for those readers who are lost about which recording to choose from among the hundreds of available performances of the Beethoven piano sonatas. This disc includes three of the most popular sonatas. It includes the Pathetique, Moonlight, and Appassionata. They are often grouped together on disc. Jando is an excellent pianist who has recorded extensively for Naxos. This disc is not expensive particularly at the secondary sellers. If you enjoy this performance you may want to consider obtaining a complete box set. There are many pianists to choose from. I would seriously consider Claude Franke on Music and Arts and Gulda on Decca. You will find fans of many other pianists. The Schnabel performances are wonderful but the sound very dated. Kempff go for the mono versions over the stereo, Brendel-The Vox recordings also available on Brilliant Classics are variable in recording quality but display a young virtuoso with a lot of fire. The later Philips sets become progressively more cerebral. This is not a bad progression particularly in the late sonatas.Others will swear allegiance to other pianists such as Backhaus,Ashkenazy,Arrau, Baremboim. This is a very incomplete list of the many complete boxes.Incomplete cycles are available by Solomon, Richter, Gilels and numerous other great musicians.These sonatas and recordings can become quite addictive. They are one of the great joys of life. This first disc in the Jando cycle is a great place to start. You might want to listen to Volume 4 next which contains the last three sonatas. Incredible music well performed. If you want to explore further buy a complete box. I happen to love Franke and Gulda. Very different musicians both incredible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jando - Passion, Precision, and Humility January 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have been a Beethoven fan since childhood from listening to my mother play the Fur Elise and Moonlight sonatas. When it came time to begin collecting Beethoven piano sonata performances on CD, initially the sheer volume of those available overwhelmed me. I thought it best to start off with the more well-known and loved sonatas, and thankfully the Naxos label had just what I was looking for. I purchased this CD on solely upon hearing Jando's performance of Adagio Cantabile (Pathetique) - a performance of which is so full of melancholy, and resignation that it almost brought me to tears. It is a joy to hear Jando bring to the music of Beethoven exactly what it deserves and demands - passion, precision, and above all humility. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Energetic October 9, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Jando does a great job with these three sonatas. He plays these works with a great deal of energy. I especially enjoy his performance of the "Appassionata." The tempo that Jando chose for the first movement is fairly fast, and I love the fire and energy. The CD was recorded in 1987, and the sound quality is good. Highly recommended!

Piano Sonata No. 8 "Pathetique"
1st mov. - 8:26
2nd mov. - 4:41
3rd mov. - 4:25

Piano Sonata No. 14 "Moonlight"
1st mov. - 5:14
2nd mov. - 2:03
3rd mov. - 7:16

Piano Sonata No. 23 "Appassionata"
1st mov. - 9:33
2nd mov. - 5:48
3rd mov. - 8:08
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent July 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the absolute best interpretations of Beethoven's most popular piano sonatas I have heard. I have heard some other renditions of these works but this holds its own against any. My personal favorite is the third movement of the "Appasionata" which Jandó concludes with a brilliant flurry. A super work in every way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine but unimaginative November 12, 2012
By Jaime
Format:Audio CD
This disc can serve as a good introduction to Beethoven's piano sonatas for the total newbie, starting with the 3 most popular works. The approach is standard at best, cold at worst, no risks taken, the tempi move at clockwork speed, the metronome being more important than the composer's or the performer's spirit. Even the famous 1st movement of the "Moonlight" just breezes through. Listeners who already know these works will find nothing new here.
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