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Piano Sonatas 4 Nos. 5-7 Box set, Import


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  • Performer: Paul Lewis
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (May 13, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B0012Y1I4K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,317 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1: 1st movement, Allegro molto e con brio
2. Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1: 2nd movement, Adagio molto
3. Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1: 3rd movement, Finale
4. Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2: 1st movement, Allegro
5. Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2: 2nd movement, Allegretto
6. Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2: 3rd movement, Presto
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Disc: 2
1. Sonata for Piano no 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastoral': 1st movement, Allegro
2. Sonata for Piano no 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastoral': 2nd movement, Andante
3. Sonata for Piano no 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastoral': 3rd movement, Scherzo
4. Sonata for Piano no 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastoral': 4th movement, Rondo
5. Sonata for Piano no 19 in G minor, Op. 49 no 1: 1st movement, Andante
6. Sonata for Piano no 19 in G minor, Op. 49 no 1: 2nd movement, Rondo
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Disc: 3
1. Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109: 1st movement, Vivace, ma non troppo
2. Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109: 2nd movement, Prestissimo
3. Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109: 3rd movement, Andante
4. Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110: 1st movement, Moderato cantabile
5. Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110: 2nd movement, Allegro molto
6. Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110: 3rd movement, Adagio ma non troppo
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Editorial Reviews

Customer Reviews

Paul Lewis finishes his superb Beethoven sonata series.
Oldnslow
Let's wait and see what young Jonathan Biss turns into, however, not to mention a hugely promising European like Rafal Blechacz from Poland.
Santa Fe Listener
Paul is a player with a wonderful sense of dynamics, and the music is sublime.
Mervyn Adrian

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Larry VanDeSande VINE VOICE on May 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
It took many years for Paul Lewis to move out of the shadow of his teacher and mentor, Alfred Brendel. All the benchmarks of Brendel's wonderful mature style -- the subtle humor, moderation, musicianship and lack of excessive self-aggrandizing tactics calling attention to oneself and away from the music -- are on display in this collection. With this recording, which showed up on just about every "Best of 2008" list of classical recordings, Lewis seems finally to have made his mark in the classical world.

I bought this set because I like both Brendel and Lewis and because this offering included many of my favorite Beethoven sonatas -- Nos. 7, 15, 26 and 32 -- a group of selections that challenge any player to master Beethoven's youthful fury, midlife wonder and wandering, and his most mature and unrelentingly transcendent music in the final pages of that apocalyptic, other-wordly final sonata.

I was never disappointed in Lewis's playing even though I cannot admit he completely convinced me all the time. I find Sviatoslav Richter the most universally appealing player in this repertory although his recordings can sometimes be very disappointing from either an artistic or sound perspective. Lewis is nothing like that -- assured and temperate all the time, completely obedient to the composer's wishes, and more than satisfactory interpreting the wide-ranging messages inherent in each score.

I can't say I was completely swayed by the sound of the recordings either. While modern and adequate in detail, there was sometimes a boomy effect you might experience listening in a small hall where the reverb is great enough to obstruct what's going on right now. But this is a minor issue in an otherwise splendid recording of some of Beethoven's most personal music.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Oldnslow on May 16, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Paul Lewis finishes his superb Beethoven sonata series. Consistently fine playing throughout, with Opus 111 a particular highlight. Lewis has given us kind of a modern day Wilhelm Kempff approach to Beethoven. Wonderful lyrical approach, with broad tempos and a powerful technique when called for. Coupled with fine sound, this is a top choice for me for a modern cycle of the greatest piano music ever writen. I am also following Ronald Brautigam's fascinating sonata cycle on forepiano on BIS, which is about mid-point, with the Waldstein and Appassionata due up next.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David A. McKellar on June 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
i have played only the opus 111 sonata no 32 so far but based on that performance alone, this is a must have recording. i would rank this performance right up there with the greats of all time, namely, richter (live), pollini, arrau and michelangeli. the final measures of this, the greatest sonata ever for piano, are simply spellbinding and breathtakingly sublime. i frankly was stunned by the depth of lewis s spiritual insight into this music.
with this recording, lewis has arrived at any early age into the parthenon of great beethoven pianists.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mervyn Adrian on March 2, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I'm not an authority on the Beethoven Sonatas and I don't read scores, so I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the playing here. But if you have ears, you can hear, and I can find nothing but delight in the playing of these wonderfully varied pieces. The accompanying booklet could be richer and deeper, but there is ample information about Beethoven's work to be found. Paul is a player with a wonderful sense of dynamics, and the music is sublime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lee Davis on March 5, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I have now lived with and thoroughly enjoyed the Paul Lewis traversal of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas since 2005, purchasing the original issues as they were released until 2008. For nearly a decade, they have been my constant companions and they have never once failed to fill me with the purest joy, at the same time confirming my initial reaction that THIS is pianistic excellence at the very highest level.
Although Lewis has long been a protégé of the consummate Beethoven pianist Alfred Brendel, it's obvious from the onset that he has thoroughly contemplated these endlessly fascinating masterpieces and come to his own very personal conclusions on matters of interpretations and phrasing; suffice it to say that this a pianistic world far removed from Brendel... and Arrau... and the pianistic self-aggrandizing histrionics of Lang Lang, Daniel Barenboim and HJ Lim (the later taking artistic liberties bordering on the criminal!).
No, Lang Lang devotees beware: to paraphrase Alfred Brendel, these are performances inspired entirely by the composer, and not the performer's futile attempts to convince the composer that their august presence would have greatly improved his meager attempts at composition.
And for those of you interested in sonics, let me assure you that Harmonia Mundi's lush and beautifully atmospheric acoustic - placing you in about the middle of a very sonorous oak-paneled chamber music hall - will leave you wondering if any other recording will ever measure up to such staggering perfection; your ears, as well as your intellect, will be very thankful.
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