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Barenboim on Beethoven - The Complete Piano Sonatas Live from Berlin
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I really didn't know Daniel Barenboim is such a fantastic pianist, his playing in this set is simply unsurpassable, he shows a deep feeling and connection with this music, his understanding of the music and the piano in particular is totally amazing and that is completely reflected in the unique way he plays, he is never boring, his interpretations are so vivid, each phrase played with such care and passion, his musicality and expressiveness are outstanding, and his technic is absolutely of the highest level, truly astonishing, it was like the piano was actually singing all the time.
This whole set is a magnificent masterclass, truly in the same league with the greatest masters of the piano ever.
The format of the film is widescreen and for the audio we have the option of Dolby Digital 5.0 Surround for optimal sound.
So if you love the piano and feel passion for it do not miss these magnificent, spellbinding, breathtaking and electrifying performances beautifully captured on film.
The complete traversal (in recital) of the Beethoven 32 has been done a number of times since Sir Charles Hallé first accomplished the mammoth task in 1861, but never before has it been caught on film.
Maestro Barenboim is completely up to the task. Having played many of the Sonatas for more than fifty years one is not surprised at his great insights and seriousness, but almost shockingly (when one thinks of how much time he spends with his "non-pianistic" activities) he is also still up to all the considerable technical and endurance demands.
The recitals are filled to the brim with moments of insight, beauty, profundity, joy, power and greatness that are too numerous to mention. Even the occasional interpretive choice that I find puzzling (the decidedly not "Allegro molto e vivace" from Sonata no.13 jumps to mind) does nothing to diminish any of the concerts, no one will ever be able to play all 32 in a way that pleases everyone, it would be folly to even attempt to do so. Instead Barenboim does exactly what he should (unsurprisingly); he plays with great knowledge and understanding, leaving nothing to chance. It would be impossible for me to recommend this any more highly to anyone interested in the Piano, Beethoven or Music.
The sonatas are presented in a series of eight concerts, often with selections from each of Beethoven's early, middle and late years. For example, the first concert presents three sontatas - numbers 1, 18 and 29 (the Hammerklavier). In addition, there are two bonus disks with Barenboim presenting a series of 55-minute master classes with six talented young pianists, each of whom plays a movement from one of the Beethoven sonatas and then Barenboim offers his observations and suggestions, often illustrating his point by playing on his own piano. He comments on a wide range of topics - the sonata at hand, music in general, piano playing and its special demands, life in general - replete with occasional anecdotes and stories. He takes questions from the audience at the end of each session.
For anyone who loves great piano playing, this set is a must.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a very high quality production with the amazing top pianist Daniel Barenboim, who as usual performances with his profound knowledge on Beethoven's interpretation. Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by Liliana Hernández Méndez
I personally believe this series of concert recordings should have been rated a 4.5, but since the rating system only allows 5 choices, I chose a "4", which is explained in... Read morePublished on March 1, 2014 by JohnB
The Beethoven 32 are a cornerstone of the classical piano literature and offer an amazing range of emotional and intellectual challenges to the performer and listener alike. Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by S. L. Slepian
A gentleman with a great musical touch. The visuals are steady and give moments of concentration as well as fingering. But mainly the music is good!Published on March 2, 2013 by Inge Riebe
Barenboim has never been my favorite pianist. But I've always known the feeling he's brought to music both as a pianist (I like his Chopin Nocturnes) as well as as a conductor... Read morePublished on October 15, 2012 by Frank Lynch
Watching this set of DVDs and listening to his magnificent performances shows why Barenboim is clearly the pre-eminent performer of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas. Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by Kirk McElhearn
I have very mixed feelings about this DVD set. On one hand, the musical content of Beethoven's piano sonatas played by Barenboim is a very wonderful expression of a magnificent... Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by Bob K
Barenboim is not my favorite interpreter of these works -- I prefer Arrau's delicacy -- but these live concerts are a marvel nonetheless. Read morePublished on May 19, 2011 by Ludix
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