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Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas

Igor Levit Audio CD
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The 2013-14 season marks Igor Levit's debuts with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Antwerpen. He returns to London's Barbican Hall performing Beethoven's Tripelkonzert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra joined by Maxim Vengerov and Antonio Meneses. Together with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker Igor Levit ... Read more in Amazon's Igor Levit Store

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  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (19 Aug 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B00BX8687C
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: I. Etwas lebhaft, mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto, ma non troppo) 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. II. Lebhaft, marschmäßig (Vivace alla marcia) 6:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio, ma non troppo, con affetto) 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: IV. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit (Allegro) 7:11£2.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 "Große Sonate für das Hammerklavier": I. Allegro10:18£2.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. II. Scherzo. Assai vivace 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 "Große Sonate für das Hammerklavier": III. Adagio sostenuto17:13£4.49  Buy MP3 
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Listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: I. Vivace ma non troppo 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: II. Prestissimo 2:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)12:26£2.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo 6:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: II. Allegro molto 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: III. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo10:31£2.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato 9:27£2.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: II. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile18:02£4.49  Buy MP3 


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Igor Levit has given highly-accliamed debuts in major musical centers all over Europe and is being hailed by international critics as one of the most oustanding pianists of our time. His debut album includes Beethoven's much-revered five late sonatas, opp. 101, 106 and 109-111. Levit's interpretations display extraordinary depth, balance, and technical and interpretative skill. Written between 1816 and 1822 when the composer was completely deaf, Beethoven's last sonatas are highly artistic and personal compositions and Levit conveys the beautiful writing in this natural and captivating performance.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 29 Nov 2013
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This is the most remarkable debut album I have heard. In fact it is the most beautiful tone and touch. it is not the thumping sound one gets in other pianists Beethoven ( dare I say Brendel!). I shall buy every CD he produces. Can we hear his Chopin and Schumann, perhaps not Schubert it might be too much. I see that the BBC are partly responsible; a feather in the cap of that maligned institution
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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No words can describe this set. Buy it and listen to the birth of someone who will become one of the greatest. The recording is one of the best I have ever heard of the piano..
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By adama
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I can add little to the other reviews, save to confirm that as a collector with all the 'great' recordings (and quite a few odd others), this should be in the collection of anyone who adores the LvB sonatas.

Igor Levit has superb poise, fantastic dynamic control, and evident thoughtfulness in his interpretations. Every time I thought he was going too fast or slow, when I looked at the timings I realised he has Horowitz's ability to defy your senses. Horowitz was ill-matched to Beethoven, but he could balance a mountain on a pinhead, pianistically, and if this is what Levit can achieve now, heaven knows what breadth and depth he will achieve in maturity.

Five stars or more to Igor Levit, but zero stars to whichever dull and ungrateful suit at Sony decided that the CD booklet should comprise a long-winded, grandiose, but by definition speculative essay on Beethoven's psyche during the period of the late sonatas (as if we need another), but not a single word - not one! - about the illustrious young pianist who gave us these superb performances.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Abert
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At barely 26, Igor Levit may be a trival too young to consider tackling the highest peaks of the piano repertoire, Beethoven's last piano sonatas. But this young man is, if nothing else, a great pianist in a surprisingly fast making. This new album would well be evidence that the 21st century's first piano giant has set foot on stage eventually.

While interpretively one may not entirely agree with Levit's decisions, there is simply no doubt that he has made these 5 late Beethoven sonatas sound more beautiful than many other big names with his striking evenness of touch. The marvel of Levit is that even in the most technically demanding passages in Op 106, or the variations of the concluding movement of Op 111, his playing never loses poise and purity of touch, even if one may criticise that Levit's beautifies the "Hammerklavier' too much, and underplays some of the work's most daring and ferocity elements.

Beethoven's final three piano sonatas are considered to be some of the most profoundly philosophical music. His last duo sonatas for piano and violin, and piano and cello, and the late quartets are all hewn from the same materials. This is music which comes from a composer who has achieved a state of acceptance in life, but not resignation. How to gauge a 25 year-old young man's approach to these profound pieces poses as much a challenge to the listeners as to the performer.

The consoling, singing narrative in the lyrical opening motif of the Op. 109 is sensitively carried through to the variations of the final movement.
The serenity of the closing passages of Op. 109 is carried forward into Op. 110, the opening phrase of which glowed with a delicate cantabile. The pacing is wonderfully well-balanced.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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5 stars? For Igor Levit? In these transcendental works? Sir, have you completely lost your wits?

Nay, nay, and thrice, nay. This disc will sit very comfortably alongside Solomon, Arrau, Gilels, Richter, Kempff, and other hallowed names lining those shelves of yours. More than this, it will dislodge from those same shelves young upstarts who shouldn't be allowed anywhere near these sacred texts (Paul 'Asleep at the Wheel' Lewis). Yes, the ever biased Gramophone told you to get his set on Harmonia Mundi, and you dutifully listened, procured it, played it once, and put it back. Now the dust motes have settled into drifts, so long has it sat there untouched.

This, I assure you, will not happen with Levit.

I had the good fortune to witness the young Russian play a holy trinity recently: op. 109, 110, 111. Even before fingers touched keys, the audience (almost full, I might add), knew this was going to be different. The pause before the playing was immense as he readied himself to scale Olympus. For Levit, to perform this music is to perform a religious rite (and, at times, a black mass). He grimaced, he wrestled with occult spirits, he pounced into fortissimos, he hunched over the keys, his face mere inches over the ivories in those pianissimo staccato passages in op.111's arietta. (Oh, and his trills are sublime.) He smiled as he glimpsed that higher realm open up and beckon him at that repeated chord, which growls ever louder in op.110.

And we, the rapt audience, bathed in the Sea of Tranquillity. This was Cosmic Beethoven - played the way Beethoven used to be played, by those Soviet-era greats, by Solomon, ...Time moves and Time stands still...the applause was endless, the young Russian endlessly humble.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great young pianist
Levit has the lot - power, control, musicianship - and gives stunning performances of these wonderful works. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Mr. K. H. Cobb
5.0 out of 5 stars An exquisite rendition of Beethoven's late keyboard sonatas
The subject heading of the essay in the liner note by Martin Geck of Beethoven's five late keyboard sonatas accompanying the two-disc compilation is: 'Dizzying Heights'. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Serghiou Const
5.0 out of 5 stars Another revelatory pianist
For a young pianist to choose the late Beethoven sonatas for his first recording is bold, even foolhardy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian Eversham
5.0 out of 5 stars Health warning
This recording deserves a health warning. It contains some of the most technically brilliant, stupendously recorded, penetratingly spiritual, rawly emotional, intimately moving,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by James Argles
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy contender to sit alongside the greats of the piano world
Having heard excerpts from this set on the radio I was expecting great things and I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mooly
5.0 out of 5 stars Young Maestro
Quite remarkable first disc, especially since it's the late sonatas, just about the everest of the repertoire. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars beethoven late sonatas
Excellent performences by a young artist,competes with all the great Beethoven specilalists of the past.Tremendous value for money.good sound quality .
Published 3 months ago by robert.creasey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Novel Venture
I have only heard four of the five (NOT yet op 109); and only a few times and in my computer stereo system based on live broadcasts online ... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ruben Socrates
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