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Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Volume III (Opp 14, 22 & 49) Live

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András Schiff emerged in the last decades of the 20th century as one of the most respected pianists of his generation. He began piano lessons at the age of five with Elisabeth Vadász, and made his debut at the age of nine. At 14 Schiff began formal studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy with Professor Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados. Later he studied ... Read more in Amazon's Andras Schiff Store

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Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Volume III (Opp 14, 22 & 49) + Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Volume II (Opp 10 & 13) + Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Volume IV (Opp 26, 27 & 28)
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  • Performer: Andras Schiff
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (31 Dec 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • ASIN: B000HWXS1Y
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Andante
2. Rondo. Allegro
3. Allegro, Ma Non Troppo
4. Tempo Di Menuetto
5. Allegro
6. Allegretto
7. Rondo. Allegro Comodo
8. Allegro
9. Andante
10. Scherzo. Allegro Assai
11. Allegro Con Brio
12. Adagio Con Molta Espressione
13. Minuetto
14. Rondo. Allegretto

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András Schiff - piano

International critics writing on the first two volumes of András Schiff's Beethoven sonata cycle have praised a particularly "sharp attention to detail" (Jed Distler in Gramophone on volume II) and expressed their high expectations for the edition as a whole, with Le monde de la musique saluting Schiff as one of the "great Beethoven interpreters of our time."

Schiff's concept to approach the sonatas in strict chronological order proves especially successful in this third instalment which combines the four smaller sonatas opp 49 and 14 with the brilliant op. 22. "It's fascinating for me to reconstruct this creative arc as though I were taking an overview of it for the first time, and assembling it into a large-scale narrative", says Schiff in the introductory interview with Martin Meyer printed in the CD booklet.

Schiff's Beethoven cycle on ECM New Series continues in spring 2007 with Volume IV including the Sonatas opp. 26, 27 and 28.

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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Nadim Bakhshov VINE VOICE on 28 Jan 2008
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What happens in this Beethoven Cycle is a measure of one of the greatest features of Andras Schiff's playing. He thinks through the music (see the download page on Guardian Unlimited page for his analyses) and arrives at an interpretation that both combines intellectual rigour, emotive insight and profound pianistic fluidity.

The narrative trajectory of the sonatas is key and, like the Well Tempered Clavier, Schiff has opened up this cycle for me.

Thoroughly recommended.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark C on 11 Oct 2009
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These ECM recordings by Andras Schiff were reccomended to me by my Hi-Fi dealer. Piano music has not always been my favourite type
of music to listen to in the past, but these recordings of the Beethoven piano sonatas changed all that! So what makes them so good
you ask? Well where do I start - first off I would have to comment on the superb quality recordings - I believe that as one of the previous reviewers
pointed out, these were recorded in the correct right and left hand perspective as far as micing goes i.e imagine you are sat at the piano the left channel
recorded the low note end of the piano and the right side the high note end. Another interesting thing about these recordings is the way Schiff has interpreted
the music - some say and critiscise his rendition of "Moonlight" as too fast - I think that will come down to personal taste, but I find it refreshing. If you
are fortunate enogh to have a really good quality system then I think you will really apreciate these recordings as the music really does come alive for you, if
you close your eyes it seems as though you are listening to Schiff giving you your own personal concert in your living room, it is uncanny.
To sum up - great quality and very relaxing to listen to, and in my humble oppinion if these do not stir your musical emotions then probably nothing will.
Highly reccomended.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Schiff doesn't disappoint..... 28 Dec 2006
By Janos Gardonyi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Volume III of Andras Schiff's much praised Beethoven sonata series has just come out. Single CD contains two `baby' sonatas (Op.49), familiar to all piano students, and Op. 14 no1 and 2 , more mature works from 1798-99, and the grand sonata Op 22 from 1800. We are past the `Pathetique' now and Beethoven's unique voice is more and more manifest. Schiff `s playing is analytical and crystal clear yet full of expression and has a singing quality so important to these pieces, especially Sonata No 10, my favorite in this group.No hesitation to recommend it.
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good Beethoven rendition 15 Feb 2007
By sabnizta - Published on Amazon.com
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I feel more respect to Schiff's playing after listened to his recent lectures on all Beethoven sonatas, and bought all his current released Beethoven sonata CDs (Vol.I-III) and will get his next release when it's available. I used to think Schiff as a good Bach or Mozart interpreter but hardly would think of him as that good on Beethoven, and his new Beethoven CDs certainly have proved that I was wrong about him. This CD and others have really good sound quality and Schiff's playing is excellent to say the least. It's not to say however that I agree with everything Schiff did, and feel that his playing sometimes feels on a little 'sluggish' side, comparing with Pollini's more precise and decisive playing of Beethoven. Nevertheless, it's a good refreshing rendition of Beethoven sonata set, and I certainly would recommend everyone who's into Beethoven sonatas to get it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Early Beethoven Sonatas with two in correct order 30 July 2012
By Paul S. Rottenberg - Published on Amazon.com
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Volume Three of Andras Schiff's set of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas includes No. 19 & 20, and Nos. 9--11. The first two are actually the earliest of these, having been written some time in the late 1790s, close to the composition of the "Pathetique" (Sonata No. 8), and apparently intended as "house music" for gifted amateurs, similar to Mozart's "easy sonatas," such as his No. 15 in C. Beethoven had left them in his desk, probably not to be included among the published sonatas, but his younger brother Karl, Beethoven's business manager at the time, found them and took them to be published, thinking that the first of the two especially was of great interest to the public since it contains the original version of the minuet in the very popular Septet, op. 20. Beethoven was upset, of course, and Karl probably lost his job with his brother, but he may have saved these charming two movement pieces which Andras Schiff plays with the same attention to detail and drama as he gives to all these early but not minor sonatas. He's particularly good at bringing out the almost swaggering meters in the fast movements of Nos. 9 & 10, and he plays the lovely and melancholy Allegretto of No. 9, which has always sounded like a hidden English folksong, with the right balance of reserve and emotion.

I only feel that Schiff's performance of Sonata No. 11, perhaps the hardest of the 32 to interpret because of the nature of its material--seemingly trivial scales and motifs--could be better if it was played with less reserve. I feel Pollini is better here since he plays up the virtuoso elements, making more sense of the whole. Not that Schiff is bad. His performance certainly fits in well with his general view of these youthful works of a young giant. Perhaps he should have used a fortepiano, but his Bosendorfer is excellent. Good sound and production completes the package.
Classical poise 27 Sep 2014
By P. Adrian - Published on Amazon.com
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Written by Beethoven towards the end of his first creative period, these sonatas are full of classical wit, equilibrium, musical charm and a poetic touch of the purest essence. The proceedings seem oriented to the glorious music tradition of Vienna and its exponential icons Mozart and Haydn. Moreover, a kind of subtle kinship with the latter one can be considered the two-movement conception of both sonatas op. 49. Despite their opus number, they belong to this first period of creation and exhibit the same bright line as their predecessors, No less appealing, the two sonatas op.14 are boldly individualized.

In his proper manner – sharply logical and intensely heartfelt at the same time – Andras Schiff accomplishes with his well-established craftsmanship this third installment of his recorded Beethoven complete cycle.
Schiff plays with subte finesse that reaches this soul of Beethoven. 15 Jun 2014
By Joan c Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
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I have listened to a variety of pianists performing Beethoven's Piano Sonatas and to my ear, Andras Schiff 's sensitivity and subtility of touch is simply outstanding.
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