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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos.9,10,14 & 15


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listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26: I. Andante con variazioni 7:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26: III. Maestoso andante, marcia funebre sulla morte d'un eroe 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26: IV. Allegro 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1: I. Allegro 6:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1: II. Allegretto - Trio 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1: III. Rondo: Allegro comodo 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen11. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 "Pastorale": I. Allegro 9:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 "Pastorale": II. Andante 7:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 "Pastorale": III. Scherzo et Trio: Allegro vivace 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 "Pastorale": IV. Rondo: Allegro non troppo 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Murray Perahia
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (January 6, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • ASIN: B001AI1Q6I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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You can hear what both hands are doing clearly at all times.
Stanley Crowe
I cherished that special moment of great music and I am delighted now to remember - by means of this recording - his marvellous approach to Beethoven's music.
P. Adrian
The performance is also lightly infused with subtle warmth and humor befitting a sojourn in the country.
E. K.

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. K. on February 9, 2009
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Forget the idiocy about the packaging. That's hopefully not why you buy a CD. Focus instead on this delightful rendering of Beethoven by one of the world's most gifted pianists. In particular, Mr. Perahia's interpretation of the "Pastorale" is performed with an effortless charm and lyricism that immediately transports the listener into the countryside. The performance is also lightly infused with subtle warmth and humor befitting a sojourn in the country. The entire CD is sure to please.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Trtek TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 30, 2012
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Perahia does a masterful turn in the Pastorale sonata, arguably the focal point of this release, and also in the Sonata No. 10, which has always been one of my favorites as well. One other reviewer called the tone of the album a bit too refined, and I don't know that I'd argue with that, though it seems to me that that's perhaps more a criticism of the program itself rather than Perahia's playing -- all four sonatas on this album are on the prim side, after all. If you want more convulsive Beethoven keyboard playing, try other works that are that way to begin with. For refined Beethoven, this is very good stuff indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 25, 2013
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I think this might be a great recording, despite the fact that it contains none of the great heaven-storming sonatas and none of the transcendentally beautiful ones -- and despite the fact that it is accompanied by the most vapid, unhelpful, and, on one key point, inaccurate program booklet by Jeremy Siepmann. Does it really help to be told that Beethoven doesn't give us grief but the essence of grief? Especially in notes on a program that has nothing to do with grief? And does it really help to be told that two of the sonatas here were composed after Beethoven was dead? And does it help that the longest sonata on the disc isn't mentioned at all? But enough complaining: what about the music?

What gives this program its unity, I believe, is humor -- all of these sonatas are fun. Sometimes the fun is slightly sinister (as in the slow movement of the Op.28) and sometimes it is almost laugh-out-loud funny (as in the final movement of Op. 14 No.2), and at yet other times we have the sheer delight in making the piano make odd sounds and phrases that don't belong in any well-behaved classical sonata -- in other words, the medium is the message, so to speak, and any time that is the case, one has possibilities of detachment and humor. Even the funeral march in Op. 26 isn't moving, in the way one expects -- it's rather as if Beethoven is playing with the funeral march (as he decidedly isn't in the "Eroica" symphony, say). With all that said, it's not surprising that I found this totally enjoyable and invigorating -- for if humor is indeed what it's about, the individual character of each sonata is nonetheless marked and once again we're faced with the sheer fertility and inventiveness of this great composer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Adrian on March 25, 2012
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Murray Perahia performs here some Beethoven sonatas in a relatively recent recording (2008). Following his unimpeachable insight and versatile musicianship, Perahia gets an outstanding achievement. In his stunning recital at Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest during the XVIIIth edition of the George Enescu International Festival 2007, Murray Perahia included the wonderful "Pastoral" sonata in the program. I cherished that special moment of great music and I am delighted now to remember - by means of this recording - his marvellous approach to Beethoven's music. Don't hesitate to get this CD! You'll be rewarded by superb accounts of great music.
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