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Piano Sonatas

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Disc: 1

  1. Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat major ('Quasi una fantasia'), Op. 27/1: Andante
  2. Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat major ('Quasi una fantasia'), Op. 27/1: Allegro molto e vivace
  3. Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat major ('Quasi una fantasia'), Op. 27/1: ADagio con espresione
  4. Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat major ('Quasi una fantasia'), Op. 27/1: Allegro vivace
  5. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ('Moonlight'), Op. 27/2: Adagio sostenuto
  6. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ('Moonlight'), Op. 27/2: Allegretto
  7. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ('Moonlight'), Op. 27/2: Presto agitato
  8. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor ('Tempest'), Op. 31/2: Largo - Allegro
  9. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor ('Tempest'), Op. 31/2: Adagio
  10. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor ('Tempest'), Op. 31/2: Allegretto
  11. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major ('Waldstein'), Op. 53: Allegro con brio
  12. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major ('Waldstein'), Op. 53: Introduction, Adagio molto
  13. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major ('Waldstein'), Op. 53: Rondo, Allegretto moderato


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 14, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00005RRXS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Peter T. Sipos on March 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Pollini is always great, but take note that three of the four sonatas (all except the Waldstein) are from previously released CDs on DG. If you already have these in your collection, the only thing new you'll be getting is the 1997 recording of the Op 53.
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By sabnizta on January 19, 2005
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Every one of sonatas on this CD is great, especially his 97's live recording of "Waldstein" which is phenomenal - fast, fury and yet extremly articulate and controlled, and is unsurpassed by any recordings of it I have ever heard. I bought this one after somehow disappointed with Brendel's Tempest recording and thought Pollini might make it up for me. Indeed, Pollini's playing showed his passion, technique precision and control without over exagerated phrases or accents (which Brendel unfortunately has sometimes). Absolutely superb playing and a great CD!
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Recorded at various moments in the impressive career of Maurizio Pollini (more precisely, around his age of 50), these Beethoven sonatas stand as a superb memento in what can be called the mature artistry of this world renowned Italian pianist. We have here all that has compounded for decades his fame as an unmatched keyboard virtuoso: dazzling technique, intense emotional involvement (far from that "clinical approach" - an epithet so often attached to Pollini's style), robust sense of structure (as always in his case, refined up to the minute detail), unimpeachable articulation, romantic fervour (his insightful nervousness), speed and exactitude in virtuosity passages (last movement of the "Tempest" sonata) and a lyrical inward mood (first movement of the celebrated "Moonlight" sonata). Regarding the "Tempest" sonata, I have unforgettable memories from Salzburg Festival - 2009, where Pollini performed it in the same stunning manner, getting simply mind-blowing effects. Each time I am listening to this recording I feel myself transported to that magic evening of august 2009, in Salzburg, where this sonata was paired in Pollini's recital by the fabulous "Appassionata". How otherworldly seem his steal fingers running upward and downward the keyboard! The last sonata on this CD - at the same time the latest recorded from a 1997 live performance - is another pinnacle of the keyboard literature: "Waldstein" sonata. Its inner tensions and large-scale proceedings seem perfectly suited for Pollini's authoritative approach.
High quality recording! Five stars!
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