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  • Audio CD (February 4, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • ASIN: B000VFGSI2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ('Moonlight'), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto - attacca:
2. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ('Moonlight'), Op. 27/2: 2. Allegretto - attacca:
3. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ('Moonlight'), Op. 27/2: 3. Presto agitato
4. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor ('Appassionata'), Op. 57: 1. Allegro assai
5. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor ('Appassionata'), Op. 57: 2. Andante con moto
6. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor ('Appassionata'), Op. 57: 3. Allegro ma non troppo; Presto

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By B.E.F. on June 17, 2010
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In order to appreciate this distinctive reading of the great f-minor Sonata Op. 57 (Beethoven had used the term "Appassionato"), it is required of the auditor that s/he must suspend his own anticipation of auditory events with this familiar piece in order to give the sound time to expand in space as the duration expands in the mind.
If one sustains the time and closely listens to Gould's diffusive vivification of Beethoven's orthographic text, an entirely new aesthetic experience is available for apprehension: un frisson nouveau--(as Victor Hugo said of Baudelaire).

It's no ordinary thing to take a slow tempo and precisely maintain it for a large span of time.
Furthermore, in tandem with his expansion of the timescale, Gould conjures new rhythms, accents, inflections, and subtle but distinctive changes in articulation and syntax.
Too, Gould effects the vocalization of the piano itself by giving the sound time to resonate and escape from the instrument.
Gould's brilliant keyboard technique is present as always, referring specifically to the actual tactile phenomenon of Gould's fingers manipulating the piano's keys.

When one learns to love Gould's sublimely meditative, synapse and imagination stimulating art, the time passes all too quickly...

Compare Kempff's 1964 reading:

Allegro assai [09:55]
Andante con moto [06:02]
Allegro ma non troppo--Presto [08:48],

with Gould's 1967 reading:

Allegro assai [15:01]
Andante con moto [11:06]
Allegro ma non troppo--Presto [05:26].

This is a Way "less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Boris der Chemiker on May 14, 2008
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This was the first classical music recording I remember hearing. I was four years old at the time and I was hooked. 37 years later it is still a favorite. It is true that Gould's performances of these works are unorthodox to say the least, but give the man some credit; his performances work. I am glad that Sony has re-issued this album with its original cover.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By fatcabral on February 8, 2011
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I am not a pianist. This review is purely subjective, and not meant to be authoritative. I find Glenn Gould's interpretations to be extremely attractive, perhaps because I was never schooled in piano, although I played other instruments. To me Gould had the ability to elucidate nuances that put more conventional technique on a less accessible basis. While he was famous for his Bach treatments, he seems to have had a similar approach of trying to extract deeper meaning from all composers' works that he performed.

With Beethoven, his liner notes indicate, that meant looking beyond what he thought of as relatively thin thematic material in these three sonatas, the Pathetique, the Moonlight, and the Appassionata. He actually cites what he says is "egoistic pomposity" on Beethoven's part to describe what Gould implies was an impulse to satisfy the audiences of that day. Incidentally, Gould's irreverence for the deities we have made of some of the great composers is also very refreshing. He seems to occupy a niche where he can see through the music to the person who wrote it.

The point is that even though Gould can seemingly mock Beethoven, he serves him better than almost anybody else. Gould is the most consistent pianist for seizing the listener's attention and emotional response. If anyone thinks he plays "too slowly" because of inadequate technique, they should listen more carefully. I believe his technique was the equal of anybody's, while his interpretations are uniquely involving.

This recording has excellent sound. Though the works were performed in 1967, in a New York studio, with what sometimes sounds like an upright piano, I believe the sound is very clean and undistorted. Certainly we can detect Gould's self-accompanying sotto voce subtly modulating the keyboard sounds. I am very happy with this CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gertrudis Philipsen on August 5, 2013
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Gould brings his tremendous talent, so evident in his many recordings of Bach's keyboard works, to bear on these Beethoven sonatas
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Walter H. Combs on April 2, 2013
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Glenn Gould was an extraordinary artist. I have long been a fan of his 1980 Bach Goldberg Variations. Living in a small town/rural area, the local record stores have stocked very little classical music and jazz, so opportunities to acquire and hear great recordings like this were few. I was already familiar with these Beethoven sonatas, though, through recordings by Alfred Brendel and Daniel Barenboim, and Gould tops those, particularly Brendel's whose playing strikes me as being so eccentric to be unlistenable. Gould slows the tempo a bit in Pathetique and Moonlight and a lot on the Appassionata, which changes the interpretations in the direction of clarity, while still bringing out the beauty of the harmonic and melodic structures. Gould's overtones are crystal clear, but unlike Brendel's don't overwhelm through pedal tones and excessive speed of playing. Gould does not need to show off what jazzmen call chops, but works his way through the pieces - all three among Beethoven's most famous - and leaves the listener awed by the emotional majesty Gould evokes. Perhaps some of this is due to Gould's mastery of studio techniques, but even with that said, these recordings are outstanding.
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