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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 (Moonlight, Pathetique, Appassionata)


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CTQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Grave - Allegro Di Molto E Con Brio
2. II. Adagio Cantabile
3. III. Rondo: Allegro
4. I. Adagio Sostenuto
5. II. Allegretto
6. III. Presto
7. I. Allegro Assai
8. II. Andante Con Moto
9. III. Allegro Ma Non Troppo

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There are more famous pianists around, some flashier, some more visible, but none performs Beethoven's sonatas with more stylistic acuity or technical facility--or understanding of how to play these three mainstays of the piano repertoire. John O'Conor's Hamburg Steinway is a phenomenal instrument, and his recording team captures its every color and dynamic nuance like no one else. --David Vernier

Customer Reviews

Listening to this Cd is like being transported to a dream world.
Lil Grey
Telarc's digital recording is exquisitely transparent as O'Conor elicits the most beautifully burnished sound from his Hamburg Steinway.
Moldyoldie
Get the complete set of all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas from Telarc and John O'Coner!
zerosykess

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Moldyoldie on August 11, 2007
It's a classical music truism that when a composer's body of work is so vast and wide-ranging as is Beethoven's for solo piano, those works with sobriquets such as his Pathétique, Moonlight, and Appassionata sonatas are usually the most popular. What I've found to be a false truism, however, is that the most well-known names on the largest labels present the most compelling recorded performances; here's a case in point. Irish pianist John O'Conor is not nearly as well-known as justly famous Beethoven heavyweights such as Artur Schnabel, Wilhelm Kempff, Alfred Brendel, and Claudio Arrau; but his early '90s performances for the Cleveland-based Telarc label are of such all-encompassing understanding, technical adeptness, and sensitivity that vaunted reputations become immaterial. I've had this recording since it was first released and have never been compelled to search for another. Telarc's digital recording is exquisitely transparent as O'Conor elicits the most beautifully burnished sound from his Hamburg Steinway. What's more, these recordings are now budget-priced.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By KIM Mi-sun on November 19, 2001
John O'Conor is a lyrical pianist who plays with beautiful tone. He is not so aggressive as some other pianists and has made a beautiful recording of Beethoven piano sonatas. He keeps strict tempo. It is a wonderful introduction to Beethoven and John O'Conor. He has also recorded all of the sonatas in a complete set. But this single CD is a good introduction and not so expensive as the whole set.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Fred Pedemonti on October 25, 2012
Haydn taught Beethoven, Beethoven taught Czerny, Czerny taught Liszt, Liszt taught Taussig, Taussig taught Barth, Barth taught Kempff and Kempff taught John O'Conor. O'Conor, I believe plays with the articulation, tempos an touch that Beethoven had in mind when he wrote his piano sonatas. Giles on Deutsch Grammophone is in the same realm, extremely expressive and not afraid to beat the shit out of the keys or a complete rest and silence when ordered. I have found that the pianist who play Mozart or Haydn sonatas great don't seem to have the "Balls" to play Beethoven's as well. Brendel plays Mozart & Haydn beautifully as does Barenboim, but I think they are too light on Beethoven. Telarc is by Far the finest audio you can buy and 90% of the performances are near perfect, not all but most. That's my 2 cents. BTY, I think the Telarc O'Conor Beethoven Concertos are better than the Serkin Cycle
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By zerosykess on March 21, 2012
John O'Coner plays the Beethoven Sonatas best in my opinion!!! "Presto" from the "Moonlight Sonata" is played accurately and impeccably!!!! PERFECTLY !!!!

Every note is clear and concise!!The tempo is perfect !! His attention to playing is entirely without flaw, defects, or shortcommings!

His mastery of the Beethoven sonatas is unquestionable! His cycle of the Beethoven piano sonatas proves him as a musical potentate!

Thanks John O'Coner ! This is how it should be played, not like a speed competition !

The piano sound is exquisite. The tone, sustain, and reverb are as rich as the Telarc name!!

I have owned this cd for over 20 years and still listen to it the most of all piano sonatas I own. Get the complete set of all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas from Telarc and John O'Coner!

Please remember this is just my opinion. I do not seek, nor relish, hostile or vindictive animus from anyone.

Good Day Friends !!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margie Domergue on October 7, 2013
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The recording is clear & beautiful, the artist is wonderful, and it's a pleasure to listen to. What a treat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jen Ireland on June 23, 2014
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This is a well done CD with great sound. That's the first comment I want to make because not all albums (and it seems, especially classical music albums) are created equal. Secondly, who doesn't love Beethoven?!? If you're not familiar with the great music that was composed by this man, this is an excellent place to start. If you ARE familiar with him, this is still one album to have in your collection. I highly recommend the purchase of this album. It will not disappoint!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kymmberlie Starr on October 12, 2014
One night I went to an amusement park. Ipod in hand. I geared up Moonlight Sonata. I waited until the roller coaster. The ipod on max. I remember it made everything seem like slow motion. It was so intense. Seeing the mountains in the background and all the stars. It was a truly amazing night. I tried it to other music but nothing came close to Moonlight Sonata.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Ejde on June 14, 2014
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Great recording quality, nice piano technique. I considered many possible recordings of these sonatas and find this recording meets my expectations. It's not the most emotional recording, but I prefer the rhythmic precision and strict interpretation.
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