& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Only 1 left in stock.
Sold by MEGA Media and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Beethoven: The Piano Sona... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by booksfrombooth
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: NO TAX. TESTED. Discs are scratch free. Not ex-library. All proceeds benefit the CH Booth Library of Newtown, CT.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$17.39
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: Amazon.com
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Volume 1: Opp. 2 & 7

4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, September 27, 2005
"Please retry"
$17.37
$10.94 $8.49

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream millions of songs FREE with Amazon Prime. Start your free trial.
$17.37 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details Only 1 left in stock. Sold by MEGA Media and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Volume 1: Opp. 2 & 7
  • +
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas Vol. 2
  • +
  • Andras Schiff Ludwig Van Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas Vol. III (3)
Total price: $51.03
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Product Description

No Description Available.
Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Rating:
Release Date: 27-SEP-2005

Amazon.com

This 2-CD set is the first of eight projected volumes of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas in chronological order, to be released over two years. András Schiff, renowned for his interpretations of (among others) Bach, Mozart, and Schubert, deliberately waited to "grow into" the Beethoven sonatas, which Hans von Bülow described as the piano literature's "New Testament." Volume I, comprising the Sonatas Op. 2 and 7, leaves no doubt that Schiff has not only mastered these works but been mastered by them. Beethoven's early sonatas, very different from one another and full of youthful ardor and exuberance, already display an extraordinary command of form, structure, contrast, and tonality; they are miracles of grace, humor and emotional depth. Schiff's ability to bring out their swiftly changing moods and character with a variety of touch, color, and inflection is uncanny. His tempi are always judicious; his rhythm is buoyant, leavened with subtle, flexible rubatos perfectly poised and balanced. The runs are brilliant but not showy, and the voices are clear. Even though he takes every single repeat, the sonatas never seem too long. For these recordings, made live in Zürich's Tonhalle, Schiff is using two pianos, a Bösendorfer for the more lyrical sonatas, a Steinway for the more dramatic, virtuosic ones. The booklet offers much interesting information (including an interview with Schiff) but does not specify which piano he is playing on these discs. Sometimes the tone quality seems less than optimal: the bass booms, the top sounds brittle, the texture gets muddy. Whether this is due to the instrument or the microphone is open to question. --Edith Eisler
  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
1
30
5:41
Play in Library $0.99
 
2
30
4:21
Play in Library $0.99
 
3
30
3:12
Play in Library $0.99
 
4
30
7:49
Play in Library $0.99
 
5
30
11:19
Album Only
6
30
6:48
Play in Library $0.99
 
7
30
3:29
Play in Library $0.99
 
8
30
6:52
Play in Library $0.99
 
9
30
11:08
Album Only
10
30
7:21
Play in Library $0.99
 
11
30
3:19
Play in Library $0.99
 
12
30
5:59
Play in Library $0.99
 
Disc 2
1
30
9:09
Play in Library $0.99
 
2
30
8:56
Play in Library $0.99
 
3
30
5:12
Play in Library $0.99
 
4
30
7:31
Play in Library $0.99
 

Product Details

  • Performer: Andras Schiff
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (September 27, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ECM Records
  • ASIN: B000AOEH4G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,171 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's Andras Schiff Store

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
If I may, with due respect, I completely disagree with the previous reviewer. Schiff was not uncomfortable with Beethoven, but being a self-effacing young man and a perfectionist, he only waited to mature and be worthy to play the sonatas. He is now embarking on the long awaited complete set that surely will be a landmark.
Andras Schiff is a pianist to reckon with whose career is on the rise. Sold out concert halls in Europe prove this. I think it was worth the wait for him to get into Beethoven.
These 4 early sonatas are tremendous interpretations: full of joy, excitement, vigour, imagination and virtuosity even wit and humour.His technique is perfect and his palette is lucid and crisp, perhaps less fluidly romantic as Richard Goode, but this is a more classic
approach influenced by Haydn. In fact Sonata Op.2 no. 1 is dedicated to Haydn. Op. 2 No.3 is a stunningly memorable virtuoso performance.
The monumental sonata Op.7 is a giant step forward at this early phase and Schiff's perfomance is the pinnacle of this set.Just think of the wonderfully introspective interpretation of the Largo or the Scherzo with its disturbing, tremulous Minore section. A masterly performance.

Stop and go phrasing, muddled textures ? Statements like these
should be supported by precise examples otherwise the "critic"
loses his credibility.

I sincerely recommend this recording and look forward to the follow-ups.
1 Comment 30 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
I have not been a fan of Andras Schiff's in the past. In general, I've found his Mozart and Schubert performances to be fussy and precious, despite their elegance and surface polish. Beethoven does not seem tempermentally the right fit for Schiff, so I was particularly guarded about exploring these new discs. But I have to say if this first volume is indicative of what's to come, this will be a magnificent Beethoven sonata cycle.

Although these performances are as well groomed as any of Schiff's past performances, his style has adopted a bit bolder and more dramatic profile. His playing is more forcefully articulated (in the past, I've had a hard time with his dainty pecking at notes), and his tempi are more measured but also natural sounding, and less sheerly fleet.

In short, Schiff brings a welcome touch of drama to these early sonatas, while not sacrificing the scrupulous care and lyricism that is his signature. And what glorious music this is! These sonatas have such extraordinary richness and complexity despite their being youthful works. Schiff takes all repeats. I found the set very well recorded too, though I see other reviewers have reservations on that front. Highly recommended.
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the first release in a series of eight volumes devoted to Beethoven piano sonatas, issued a decade ago by the renowned pianist Andras Schiff. Conceived as a complete cycle presented in chronological order, these recordings were captured from live performances Schiff delivered at Tonhalle Zurich. No doubt, they rank among the best available on disc competing on equal footing with legendary accounts signed by such giants as Wilhelm Kempff, Alfred Brendel or Stephen Kovacevich.

Devoted to Joseph haydn, the first three sonatas unfold a spectacular variety of moods and approaches. From drama to sheer virtuosity, through humor and playfulness, the work at opus 2 in Titan’s output is one of the most demanding triptychs in musical literature. Andras Schiff conveys with great subtlety all the details, never loosing the main line, the overall contour of each piece. The great Sonata op.7 occupies the second CD of this twofer as a bridge towards the next volume devoted to the op.10 triptych plus “Pathetique”.

Classical flavor, pianistic brilliance, deep thoughts and heartfelt displays - Beethoven’s world at its fullness with a refined and sensitive interpreter!
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD arrived perfectly, and just in time for last Christmas!

Andras Schiff is truly artistic and excellent pianist who interpretations are always perfectly magical. Although hearing him play at a concert is an amazing experience, the CDs are also very high quality and very enjoyable.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
I love Andras Schiff's playing Mozart and Bach but I always wonder how could he adjust his style to Beethoven. (I have not heard his concertos recording with Haitink) Yes, his Beethoven Sonata is slightly slower than some pianists (well... I probably would rather say 'more flexibility' in terms of tempo) and far less percussive, but not less dramatic. Because of his unique sound and interpretation, I felt very refreshing listening to them. In an era that most pianists sound so similarly, it's fun to have people that could offer individuality and freshness to the old warhorse.

4 stars only because of a mediocre recording quality. (5 stars for interpretation, 3 stars for muddy sound)
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Firstly, I think it is quite wonderful that these recordings bring out so many different views and reactions. I really enjoy these recordings, but they are not faultless (obviously!). I wouldn't describe his phrasing as stop/go, but he does have some moments of slightly odd phrasing. Muddled - definitely not. I do find that he plays the piano quite hard and it does become overly percussive in fortissimo parts especially in the first movement of the Appassionata (Volume VI). Whether the recording technique is partially to blame for this, is a valid question.

Something else, although probably quite insignificant in the larger scheme of things, is the opening of the 6th sonata (op. 10/2) in which the two opening chords are VERY poorly balanced and bottom heavy. The music does not call for this and it should not have made the final edit. In that same movement there is also some ornamentation that I really cannot recall from the edition I used to study this sonata.

This cycle is probably going to cause as much controversy as the Mutter/Orkis recordings of the Violin Sonatas, but let it be known: Schiff's recordings are something to be reckoned with and something wonderfully new and a bit out of the ordinary!
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Forums

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Volume 1: Opp. 2 & 7
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Volume 1: Opp. 2 & 7


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for Similar Items by Category