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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,165 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
See all 10 tracks on this disc
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
See all 11 tracks on this disc
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
See all 8 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Customer Reviews

Wonderful lyrical approach, with broad tempos and a powerful technique when called for.
Oldnslow
I got the entire volume (I will get the others soon) and I must say that Lewis is the most convincing and subtle pianist in this literature since Artur Schnabel.
Ralph J. Steinberg
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

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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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4 of 5 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 18, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Paul Lewis doesn't finish his Beethoven cycle quite as triumphantly, I think, as some reviewers might claim. "Les Adieux" and the "Pastorale" sonata stirke me as a bit pallid and underinflected, as do the fast movement in the Op. 10 series. But if you like assured, temperate playing in Beethoven (to steal a phrase from a previous reviewer), as opposed to fiery, heroic playing, Lewis has impeccable style and taste.

I say this as someone who would probably only listen to his Beethoven once. As with Kempff and Brendel, I don't get much out of restrained classical interpretations, particularly in middle and late Beethoven. The piano seems to bring out personal bias very strongly, and in my case Beethoven sounds intuitively "right" in the hands of Schnabel, Richter, Serkin, Annie Fischer, and Pollini, all of whom keep the heroic revolutionary in mind and project his music intensely. Lewis generally isn't tinkly, thank goodness, as Richard Goode too often is; even the great Gieseking veered that way in his last Beethoven recordings. But I wish Lewis had more emotional reach in his interpretations and more size to his sound.

Having said that, I agree with everyone else who finds him estimable in Beethoven, and I can't think of a cycle in the Kempff-Brendel mode that was better in recent years. Let's wait and see what young Jonathan Biss turns into, however, not to mention a hugely promising European like Rafal Blechacz from Poland.
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33 of 49 people found the following review helpful By C. Pontus T. on October 13, 2008
Format: Audio CD
A few weeks ago, this three-disc and final installment in Paul Lewis's complete Beethoven Sonatas survey was awarded the prestigious Gramophone Record of the Year accolade. Having been a Gramophone subscriber some five years ago, I do (actually more did) on average value its reviews. However, I seldom take them at face value, especially when it comes to British artists or labels. Having said that, similar tendencies can easily be identified when it comes to the Grammy Awards and American artists or labels.

Back to Gramophone: In the last 30 years, only 11* out of the Records of the Year winners can be considered non-British. One of these makes up the only solo piano Record of the Year--Zimerman's dazzling Debussy Preludes in 1994. Hence, you would expect something really out of the ordinary in pianistic terms from the second-ever solo piano Record of the Year. Furthermore, considering the short-listed competition, a merely 'out of the ordinary' disc wouldn't be enough to beat one of the most spectacular piano records of all times--Hamelin's Alkan Solo Concerto remake. So, let's pose the big question: is Mr Lewis, very much British by the way, able to deliver a worthy Record of the Year?

The answer is rather simple: No, he isn't. Does he make an embarrassment out of himself and, even more importantly, the collective Gramophone reviewers? Well, almost, in some instances, had it not been for the third disc of the Opp 109-111 Sonatas. Let's take a quick look at my preconditions for this disc and review: (1) Lewis is a disciple of the 'great' Alfred Brendel; (2) I consider Mr Brendel to be one of the most overrated and lackluster pianists of our time; (3) I made my worst-ever cost/benefit record investment into Brendel's third (and hopefully last!
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