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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Box set, Import

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10CD box set.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sonata For Piano No 1 In F Minor, Op.2 No.1
  2. Sonata For Piano No 2 In A Major, Op.2 No.2
  3. Sonata For Piano No 3 In C Major, Op.2 No.3
  4. Sonata For Piano No.4 In E Flat Major, Op.7
  5. Sonata For Piano No.5 In C Minor, Op.10 No.1
  6. Sonata For Piano No.6 In F Major, Op.10 No.2
  7. Sonata For Piano No.7 In D Major, Op.10 No.3
  8. Sonata For Piano No.8 In C Minor, Op.13 "PathÉTique"
  9. Sonata For Piano No.9 In E Major, Op.14 No.1
  10. Sonata For Piano No.10 In G Major, Op.14 No.2
  11. Sonata For Piano No.11 In B Flat Major, Op.22
  12. Sonata For Piano No.12 In A Flat Major, Op.26 "Funeral March"
  13. Sonata For Piano No.13 In E Flat Major, Op.27 No.1 "Quasi Una Fantasia"
  14. Sonata For Piano No.14 In C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 "Moonlight"
  15. Sonata For Piano No.15 In D Major, Op.28 "Pastoral"
  16. Sonata For Piano No.16 In G Major, Op.31 No.1
  17. Sonata For Piano No.17 In D Minor, Op.31 No.2 "Tempest"
  18. Sonata For Piano No.18 In E Flat Major, Op.31 No.3
  19. Sonata For Piano No.19 In G Minor, Op.49 No.1
  20. Sonata For Piano No.20 In G Major, Op.49 No.2
  21. Sonata For Piano No.21 In C Major, Op.53 "Waldstein"
  22. Sonata For Piano No.22 In F Major, Op.54
  23. Sonata For Piano No.23 In F Minor, Op.57 "Appassionata"
  24. Sonata For Piano No.24 In F Sharp Major, Op.78
  25. Sonata For Piano No.25 In G Major, Op.79
  26. Sonata For Piano No.26 In E Flat Major, Op.81a "Les Adieux"
  27. Sonata For Piano No.27 In E Minor, Op.90
  28. Sonata For Piano No.28 In A Major, Op.101
  29. Sonata For Piano No.29 In B Flat Major, Op.106 "Hammerklavier"
  30. Sonata For Piano No.30 In E Major, Op.109
  31. Sonata For Piano No.31 In A Flat Major, Op.110
  32. Sonata For Piano No.32 In C Minor, Op.111


Product Details

  • Composer: Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (May 4, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • 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: Membran Music
  • ASIN: B00008WQAH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Dace Gisclard on July 22, 2006
This surely must be the most inexpensive complete recording of Beethoven's piano sonatas on the market! If money is the prime factor, this is unbeatable value. Even Brendel's first series for VOX and Jando's for NAXOS aren't anywhere near THIS inexpensive. Danish pianist Anne Oland is a highly professional performer, but then, musical charlatans seldom record complete sets of the Beethoven sonatas. She kept me interested most of the time, but I wouldn't want this to be the only set of these works in my collection. Space (and my readers' patience!) prohibit going into great detail, but prospective purchasers may find the following random remarks helpful:

Tempos tend to be leisurely, and steady but flexible. Rubato is subtly employed to heighten points, but is not of Arrau's "romantic" attention-getting sort. All repeats are observed.

Oland uses pedal sparingly, the instrument is miked very closely, and staccati are extremely clipped. The sound becomes a bit dry and hard above mezzo-forte. On the plus side, this promotes great clarity. For example, in finale of the "Moonlight" one really hears the rhythmic patterns "grinding" against each other. Fugal writing is projected very clearly the lines retain their identities. Sometimes this becomes too much of a good thing. Not that Oland doesn't use pedal when appropriate, but she doesn't go all the way when blurred "sfumato" effects are called for. The closing pages of No.32 are a case in point. There her internal trills are not so even as, say, Goode's, and the texture is TOO clear!

Oland seems reluctant to shed classical repose in Beethoven's more wild-eyed moments. The prestissimo coda of the "Appassionata" is not much above the moderate tempo of the rest of the movement, and the excitement fizzles out.
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As other reviewers have said, this is the only new recording of Beethoven's complete Piano Sonatas one can buy for $20.00 or less. Given the magnificence of Beethoven's compositions, it would have to be an extraordinarily awful recording to not be worth $20.00.

This recording is far from awful, and they are certainly worth $20.00 Although not the best that I have heard, they are good, if unremarkable performances. There are really only two things I would change about the recording:

The first would be the tempi. Oland tends to take some passages slower than appropriate. This is not a major issue, nothing has ever seemed to be dreadfully slow. In general though, the pace could have been increased slightly.

The other thing I would change would be to increase the bass. These recordings have more emphasis on the higher notes than on the lower, this was especially evident in the first movement of the very last sonata. Again, not a major issue, but something that would have made the set better.

Other than those two issues, this is an exceptionally good set for one to start out with. If you already own all (or most) of Beethoven's sonatas, you will not likely find anything of interest here. If you are just starting you collection of Beethoven' sonatas, start here. Listen to them and learn them. Then buy better versions of the individual sonatas to suit your tastes

Update 10/14/2008 - After living with this recording for a while, I have increasingly found myself to be dissatisified with it. Oland's playing comes accross as cold and unemotional, not a good thing in these works. Combined with the weak sound quality as noted above, the value of these works has dropped dramatically.
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As Dace from Houston wrote, I totally agree with his technical assessment of the CDs and her music. However, I'd like to add that they are, by far, the best set of new CDs you will find that contain all of the sonatas in one package for under 20 bucks!! For the student of music, you will find the recordings are "good enough." They are not of gold or ECM quality but they are a lot better than other recordings I've heard for 3x the price. Also, while the site is still available, Google for Andras Schiff's lectures. He outlines every nuance that must be followed for students (and pros) for all 32 sonatas in MP3 format. All in all, this collection is a must have for students and average listeners - especially for such a low price. It gets 5 stars taking into account the price range and target audience I've mentioned. If you have large budgets and unrelenting rigidity for Beethoven's exact manuscripts, I'd wait for the ECM recordings from Schiff.

I'd buy this again and again if someone did the exact same quality and price for Mozart, Bach, et al.
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I found this a highly interesting and enjoyable set--much to my surprise! Oland employs more rubato than I usually like, but she does so tastefully, so that the continuity of the musical flow isn't disrupted and it retains its coherence and integrity. In addition, she often displays an unusually "masculine" sense of rhythmic power that I found surprising and highly appropriate for Beethoven. The combination of these elements yields a fresh experience. The sound quality is fine, maybe just a touch dry, but nothing to seriously interfere with your enjoyment of this very enjoyable set. So, maybe not the only set of Beethoven sonatas you should have if you're a serious collector, but I can see no reason not to buy it and enjoy it!
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