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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol. 1 Nos. 1 - 3, Nos 5 - 10, Nos. 12 - 14


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  • Composer: Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (April 19, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000028NX
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,791 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sonata No.1 In F Minor, Op.2, No.1: I. Allegro
2. Sonata No.1 In F Minor, Op.2, No.1: II. Adagio
3. Sonata No.1 In F Minor, Op.2, No.1: III. Menuetto. Allegretto
4. Sonata No.1 In F Minor, Op.2, No.1: IV. Prestissimo
5. Sonata No.2 In A Major, Op.2, No.2: I. Allegro vivace
6. Sonata No.2 In A Major, Op.2, No.2: II. Largo appassionato
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Disc: 2
1. Sonata No.5 In C Minor, Op.10, No.1: I. Allegro molto e con brio
2. Sonata No.5 In C Minor, Op.10, No.1: II. Adagio molto
3. Sonata No.5 In C Minor, Op.10, No.1: III. Finale. Prestissimo
4. Sonata No.6 In F Major, Op.10, No.2: I. Allegro
5. Sonata No.6 In F Major, Op.10, No.2: II. Allegretto
6. Sonata No.6 In F Major, Op.10, No.2: III. Presto
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Disc: 3
1. SONATA NO.8 IN C MINOR, OP.13 'PATHETIQUE': I. Grave - Allegro di molto e com brio
2. SONATA NO.8 IN C MINOR, OP.13 'PATHETIQUE': II. Adatio cantabile
3. SONATA NO.8 IN C MINOR, OP.13 'PATHETIQUE': III. Rondo. Allegro
4. Sonata No.9 In E Major, Op.14, No. 1: I . Allegro
5. Sonata No.9 In E Major, Op.14, No. 1: II. Allegretto
6. Sonata No.9 In E Major, Op.14, No. 1: III. Rondo. Allegro comodo
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3.9 out of 5 stars

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By B.E.F. on January 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
These are great recordings. Gould realizes Beethoven: he sees what's there, not merely playing the notes, but understanding the vision. He takes some movements very briskly; others, he expands to a heavenly length.

Frequently, these earlier works of Beethoven are marginalized by his later, greater works; still, these pieces are works of pure art, and Gould sees this and brings them to vivid life.

About the sound: these tracks were recorded over a 15-year period. Sony has done a wonderful job with its "Super Bit Mapping" techne; still, there are a few quirks embedded in the recordings which cannot be removed: specifically, a little "ticking" from Gould's Steinway on the '60s tracks. At that time, Gould was tinkering with his piano to achieve a certain feel to the keys--a kind of immediacy and tactile ease of stroke--by removing the bushings which padded the key mechanism. As a result, he got the feel he wanted, but was also stuck with "ticking" keys. This doesn't bother me, as the results speak for themselves: an aesthetic vision of unparalleled ecstasy. Nevertheless, the "ticks" are audible sometimes: it's part of the art and vision.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Paul T. Dube', MD on June 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is actually a review for vols. I and II. Just in general, Gould's style is fantastic for some of the sonatas but is really inappropriate for others.
His portamento (detached) presto/prestissimo playing makes the "Tempest" sonata the best version I've ever heard but really makes the "Pathetique" seem rushed and totally without feeling.
I mostly bought vol. II for the last 3 sonatas (op. 109, 110 and 111). I figured the most unusual and most "un-Beethovanic" of the sonatas deserved the most unusual interpretation, and I wasn't disappointed. They are clear and with good "diction", fast where appropriate but also slow and legato where melodic and flowing. Even in the most technically difficult sections Gould, in typical contrapunctal style, weaves the different voices in and out of the melody holding to his philosophy that "Every voice is important".
Probably the most disappointing of all the recordings on these 2 sets is the "Appassionata". Playing it through at practice speed does nothing for the passion, depth and beauty of this piece and only serves to exemplify Gould's hatred for it. (Typically, if Gould hated a piece, he would play it through either blindingly fast and without regard for dynamics or lethargically slow to heighten its inferiority and "boringness".
The "moonlight" seems a little fast, esp. the first movement, but it might be Gould's literal interpretation of 2/2 time. The 3rd movement is at breakneck speed that some people might like.
I actually prefer the romantic-style playing of R. Serkin, Brendel and Horowicz for this piece.
Listen to the 2nd movement of the #13 where the left and right hands are playing parallel arpeggios.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By camstrings on January 3, 2002
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Gould & Beethoven..hmm, but it's simply superb in terms of control, interpretive originality & beauty of sound. Gould's mastery allows him an expressive range that leaves other pianists grounded: try the final movement of the Pathetique or the opening of op.14 no1. Either you'll view him as a showman or a genius. Be thankful he loved the recording studio!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David on December 28, 2000
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Although these recordings may not seem so faithful to the composers wishes, Gould seems sincere in his interpretations of these pieces. Yes, there may be parts in these recordings which people familiar with the pieces disagree with. However, there are far more moments of sheer ingeniousness, brilliance, and one of a kind defiant inspiring playing. Even if people prefer more faithful recordings of these pieces, like pollini, these recordings are worth owning for those moments. The technical side of his performance is almost flawless- as always. The voicing in the music, the crescendos and decrescendos, and the general use of the pianos dynamic range are almost inhuman. Also he has possibly the best ability to play in tempo I've ever heard. These are some of the cleanest and most musical performances of Beethoven ever recorded.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Doron Beri on April 1, 2005
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This is one of the most interesting CD's I've ever listened to. Gould's playing is unique; sometimes he makes Beethoven sound almost as if he had lived in Bach's days.

I'd recommand that you compare Gould's first movement of the first sonata to that of any good "conventional" pianist (Goode, Kovacevich, Brendel, Kempff, Ashkenazy, to name a few; too bad Gilels died before he could record it). Some of you might find Gould's approach worthy indeed.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Thomas C. Nagy on April 26, 2002
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Beethoven may not have approved of these interpretations, but can only admire the technical facility and perfection that Glenn Gould offers. Unconventional in his life and his musicianship, Glenn Gould plays these sonatas with stunning clarity and accuracy that can only be defined as pure genius!
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