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Complete Piano Sonatas [Box set]

Vladimir Ashkenazy Audio CD
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listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1 - 1. Allegro 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1 - 2. Adagio 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1 - 3. Menuetto (Allegretto) 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1 - 4. Prestissimo 7:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.2 in A, Op.2 No.2 - 1. Allegro vivace 6:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.2 in A, Op.2 No.2 - 2. Largo appassionato 7:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.2 in A, Op.2 No.2 - 3. Scherzo (Allegretto) 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.2 in A, Op.2 No.2 - 4. Rondo (Grazioso) 6:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.3 in C, Op.2 No.3 - 1. Allegro con brio10:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.3 in C, Op.2 No.3 - 2. Adagio 8:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.3 in C, Op.2 No.3 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro) 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.3 in C, Op.2 No.3 - 4. Allegro assai 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, Op.7 - 1. Allegro molto e con brio 8:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, Op.7 - 2. Largo, con gran espressione 8:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, Op.7 - 3. Allegro 5:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, Op.7 - 4. Rondo (Poco allegretto e grazioso) 6:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10 No.1 - 1. Allegro molto e con brio 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10 No.1 - 2. Adagio molto 7:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10 No.1 - 3. Finale (Prestissimo) 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.6 in F, Op.10 No.2 - 1. Allegro 6:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.6 in F, Op.10 No.2 - 2. Allegretto 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.6 in F, Op.10 No.2 - 3. Presto 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10 No.3 - 1. Presto 6:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10 No.3 - 2. Largo e mesto 9:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10 No.3 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro) 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10 No.3 - 4. Rondo (Allegro) 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio 8:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 2. Adagio cantabile 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 3. Rondo (Allegro) 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.9 in E, Op.14 No.1 - 1. Allegro 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.9 in E, Op.14 No.1 - 2. Allegretto 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.9 in E, Op.14 No.1 - 3. Rondo (Allegro comodo) 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.10 in G, Op.14 No.2 - 1. Allegro 6:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.10 in G, Op.14 No.2 - 2. Andante 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.10 in G, Op.14 No.2 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro assai) 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat, Op.22 - 1. Allegro con brio 6:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat, Op.22 - 2. Adagio con molto espressione 8:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat, Op.22 - 3. Menuetto 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat, Op.22 - 4. Rondo (Allegretto) 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26 - 1. Andante con variazioni 7:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26 - 2. Scherzo (Allegro molto) 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26 - 3. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un Eroe 6:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26 - 4. Allegro 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27 No.1 - 1. Andante - Allegro - Tempo I 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27, No.1 - 2. Allegro molto e vivace 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27 No.1 - 3. Adagio con espressione 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27 No.1 - 4. Allegro vivace - Tempo I - Presto 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 1. Adagio sostenuto 6:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 2. Allegretto 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 3. Presto 7:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -"Pastorale" - 1. Allegro10:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -"Pastorale" - 2. Andante 8:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -"Pastorale" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro assai) 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -"Pastorale" - 4. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.16 in G, Op.31 No.1 - 1. Allegro vivace 6:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.16 in G, Op.31 No.1 - 2. Adagio grazioso 9:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.16 in G, Op.31 No.1 - 3. Rondo (Allegretto) 6:36$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 8:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 -"Tempest" - 2. Adagio 8:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 -"Tempest" - 3. Allegretto 7:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat, Op.31 No.3 -"The Hunt" - 1. Allegro 8:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat, Op.31 No.3 -"The Hunt" - 2. Scherzo (Allegretto vivace) 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat, Op.31 No.3 -"The Hunt" - 3. Menuetto (Moderato e grazioso) 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat, Op.31 No.3 -"The Hunt" - 4. Presto con fuoco 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor, Op.49 No.1 - 1. Andante 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor, Op.49 No.1 - 2. Rondo (Allegro) 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.20 in G, Op.49 No.2 - 1. Allegro ma non troppo 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.20 in G, Op.49 No.2 - 2. Tempo di Menuetto 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein" - 1. Allegro con brio11:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein" - 2. Introduzione (Adagio molto) 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein" - 3. Rondo (Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo) 9:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.22 in F, Op.54 - 1. In Tempo d'un Menuetto 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.22 in F, Op.54 - 2. Allegretto 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 1. Allegro assai 9:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 2. Andante con moto 6:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 3. Allegro ma non troppo 7:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.24 in F sharp, Op.78 "For Therese" - 1. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo 7:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.24 in F sharp, Op.78 "For Therese" - 2. Allegro vivace 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79 - 1. Presto alla tedesca 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79 - 2. Andante 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79 - 3. Vivace 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -"Les adieux" - 1. Das Lebewohl (Adagio - Allegro) 7:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -"Les adieux" - 2. Abwesendheit (Andante espressivo) 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -"Les adieux" - 3. Das Wiedersehn (Vivacissimamente) 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90 - 1. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck 5:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90 - 2. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen 7:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101 - 1. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto ma non troppo) 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101 - 2. Lebhaft, marschmäßig (Vivace alla marcia) 6:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101 - 3. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto)10:24$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Beethoven: Andante favori in F, WoO 57 9:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier" - 1. Allegro11:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier" - 3. Adagio sostenuto19:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier" - 4. Largo - Allegro risoluto11:40$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - 1. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - 2. Prestissimo 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - 3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)13:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 - 1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo 6:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 - 3b. Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo) 7:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 - 1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato10:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 - 2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)17:27$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (June 24, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle July 7, 2007
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Somewhat to my surprise, the Ashkenazy cycle is the best recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas. I bought every Beethoven recording by every major Beethoven pianist and spent over 1,000 hours comparing all those recordings to each other. The only cycles close to the Ashkenazy are the little-known Claude Frank, Seymour Lipkin and Paul Badura-Skoda cycles (the Badura-Skoda cycle of 1970 on the grand piano, not the fortepiano version). After those come the better-known cycles by Richard Goode, Barenboim (2nd cycle, for DGG), and Kempff (2nd cycle, in stereo), and the little-known cycle by Annie Fischer. I leave aside the Schnabel set which continues to define the standard for interpretations despite inadequate sound, and many high-quality recordings by Richter who never did a complete cycle.

I say "somewhat to my surprise," because Ashkenazy is not known as a Beethoven pianist. He is regarded as a great interpreter of romantic music, with the big technique and beautiful tone needed for that repertoire. Well, he has the big technique and beautiful tone, which is good. However, what is most noticeable to me is the scrupulous attention paid to Beethoven's text. In that regard, Ashkenazy is the equal of Claude Frank and Rudolf Serkin, which is high praise indeed.

The purpose of buying a complete cycle is usually to form a base for a collection. One can quibble with some of Ashkenazy's interpretative details or with Decca's recording techniques. However, the question then becomes: what is the alternative? The competing cycles are either a little worse or a lot worse.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated ! August 1, 2006
By rater25
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This set has never been a critical favorite. I doubt anyone would claim that Ashkenazy is one of the great Beethoven interpreters. And yet it makes for quite pleasurable listening. For starters, we have Ashkenazy's high technical prowess, his beautiful tone and general finesse. We seem to have accepted as great Beethoven pianism, playing that ranges from the painfully plain (Brendel) to the downright ugly (Kuerti). But Kempff has shown us that a non-aggressive beauty can reveal another side of this great composer. Ashkenazy is not in Kempff's league as a Beethoven interpreter, but nearly every performance is effective here and evinces a real musical fluency. More ambitious Beethoven players (e.g. Kovacevich) have often made recordings that totally miss the mark.

So, this set would be a perfect for listeners coming to this music for the first time. And seasoned Beethoven sonata listeners might enjoy it as well. Just don't expect poetical profundity.
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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As a set, quite good August 19, 2004
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Ashkenazy, as a musician, is far above the level of almost the entire rest of humanity, and is among the very few at the top among great musicians. I certainly don't expect most CD buyers looking for a one-stop-shopping box of all the Beethoven sonatas to grasp where Ashkenazy's Beethoven is, but some have been very correct in noting that Ashkenazy is, if anything, very consistent.

Needless to say, his Beethoven cannot be everything to everyone. But one could hardly even say that about, say, Richter playing the op. 90, the op. 7, or 111, which are all mind-boggling; or of Casadeus doing op. 78; or Gilels doing 81a or 57, or van Cliburn doing 2/1, or Harasiewicz doing 27/1, or Kissin's amazing 53, or other inimitable performances.

But still, few capture as much in any single sonata than Ashkenazy: specific phrases that he simply captures just right, down to tiny little details in phrasing and articulation, like the B section of the op. 13 rondo, or the cascades or serene moments in 111, or the dotted rhythms in the slow movement of 53, and the list goes on and on.

I think it would be hard to deny he has created some of history's best performances of 28, 53, 31, 111, 2/2, and perhaps others. But if you don't want to track down your very favorite performance of every single sonata--a very time consuming and relatively more expensive alternative--this is arguably the best box available. Ashkenazy at this time was practically unique among pianists in having the musicality and intelligence to understand how these sonatas work effectively, as well as having the techinical ability to execute nearly everything he understands.

For most, the comparison comes down to Ashkenazy or Barenboim.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best June 20, 2001
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Ashkenazy seems to understand Beethoven to a pristine clarity. I know that people will gravitate toward what they like, and Ashkenazy might not 'light your fire' as he does mine, and that's ok. Ashkenazy is my favorite pianist because of his clarity, technique, feeling (which he does actually have, contrary to some peoples' opinions), and emotion and power. Honestly, I can think of no other set that is better. All the other sets mentioned are good, but this one is excellent. Ashkenazy's talent is what 'makes' this set, and his talent produces true music, in every sense of the word, and that's what it's all about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven is OK.
Nice recording. So you need eighteen more words, so you? How will these work? If you keep this up, I will never write another review.
Published 20 months ago by Robert C. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars lost
HELP!

Have lost disk 7 of this set - HEARTBROKEN -

Does anyone know of a source for individual disks from this recording?

Thank you so much! Read more
Published on November 29, 2011 by john long
2.0 out of 5 stars Linear approach
When I was at the University, a fellow pianist who was crazy about Vladimir Ashkenazy gave me a tape with the Mozart's Sonata K330; some days later, he asked me about my... Read more
Published on October 24, 2010 by Gilson Motta
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashkenazy at the Top of His Form
As a longstanding admirer of Ashkenazy, I was eager to hear how he interpreted this "New Testament" of piano literature (as it has been called). I was not disappointed. Read more
Published on May 1, 2008 by Johannes Climacus
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
Beethoven, like Bach, should be played as though one was capable of fathering 22 children. It is not to be played in a passionless, mathematical manner. Read more
Published on December 19, 2006 by L. E. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashkenazy's Beethoven Piano Sonatas
These are the complete piano sonatas. My primary concern was what would be the quality of the recordings. I am happy to say that these are excellent. Read more
Published on February 23, 2006 by William M. Rich
2.0 out of 5 stars An introductory set
At first glance this set definetly catches the eye, but as soon as you start listening, one realizes that Ashkenazy doesn't live up to the Beethoven's challenge. Read more
Published on June 15, 2005 by Ryan Kouroukis
5.0 out of 5 stars Listening to His Voice
Seeing as how entire university courses are devoted to Beethoven's 32 sonatas, I feel I can come nowhere near writing a revelatory analysis of these works. Read more
Published on March 18, 2005 by Christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Ashkenazy could be one of the most underrated pianists. He is the greatest living pianist and this disc proves my fact. Nobody can play Beethoven like him. Read more
Published on August 4, 2004 by Susan E. Pankratz
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