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Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Volume V (Opp 31 & 53) CD

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  • Audio CD (31 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • ASIN: B000TLPW5I
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Allegro Vivace
2. Adagio Grazioso
3. Rondo. Allegretto
4. Largo - Allegro
5. Adagio
6. Allegretto
7. Allegro
8. Scherzo. Allegretto Vivace
9. Menuetto. Moderato E Grazioso
10. Presto Con Fuoco
Disc: 2
1. Allegro Con Brio
2. Introduzione. Adagio Molto
3. Rondo. Allegretto Moderato
4. Andante Grazioso Con Moto

Product Description

Volume V of András Schiff's much acclaimed live Beethoven cycle in chronological order offers four masterworks from the so-called "middle period", ie the first years of the 19th century, when among other groundbreaking compositions, the "Eroica" Symphony was written. Like all Schiff's Beethoven recitals, it was played on a Bösendorfer (op. 31) and a Steinway grand (op. 53).

Op. 31 is the last group of three piano sonatas under one opus number in Beethoven's oeuvre, once again highlighting the composer's genius in creating very differently shaped works at the same time. Schiff emphasizes the special character of Op 53: "The 'Waldstein' is certainly an overwhelming work that was not only of great significance to the composer, but also occupies a special place in the history of piano music. Its spatial dimensions are enormous, only exceeded later by those of the 'Hammerklavier' sonata. Furthermore, Beethoven takes a giant stride forwards in respect of new-found pianistic sonorities, at the same time creating a huge 'tone-poem'. In the Zurich recital recorded live for this CD Schiff added the original slow movement from the 'Waldstein', the Andante favori (which Beethoven later dismissed out of formal considerations), as an encore. "It was like a salute from another world" said a Swiss critic after the concert in December 2005.

Last November Schiff completed his cycle in major European cities (London, Birmingham and Bristol among them) although touring with individual Beethoven programmes continue. In the 2007/08 season he is artist-in-residence with the Berlin Philharmonic, while in the UK his focus is on Schubert, both with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and in Wigmore Hall recitals.

Recorded 2005

András Schiff - piano

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7 of 9 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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Beethoven through fresh eyes and ears 31 Oct 2007
By J. Cegledy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Andras Schiff continues his impressive Beethoven Sonatas series. It is characterized by that rare combination of keen sensitivity to musical expression, fidelity to text and meticulous attention to detail. The articulation and lively crispness of execution is a sheer delight. There are many surprising insights that are completely convincing. Of the many great Beethoven Sonatas recordings, this can be most recommended to students as an example of how to bring the text alive without any exaggeration yet with sensitivity and depth of musical expression.

The booklets in this series are of special interest. Andras Schiff shares his outlook and insights on these works and we get a glimpse of how great interpretations evolve. For piano students as well as for lovers of these works, Andras Schiff's Beethoven Sonata series is to be highly recommended!
Janos Cegledy, Tokyo
Andras Schiff – the inspired guide to Beethoven 16 Sep 2014
By P. Adrian - Published on Amazon.com
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This fifth volume of the integral cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas recorded some ten years ago by the legendary pianist Andras Schiff highlights he features of the middle period in Titan’s output. Looking for a new way of dealing with music, Beethoven explores in the op.31 triptych new and daring directions in his art. The ludicrous no.1 in G major contrasts in a inspired manner with the tense “Tempest” or the vivid “Hunt”. The second CD of this twofer comprises the pages dedicated to count Waldstein, namely the sonata in C major op.53 and its companion Andante favori in F major.

Useless to say, Schiff gets the very essence of this music. He seems completely immersed in it and follows a logical and expressive line. His theoretical insights and artistic honesty lead him to a remarkable achievement. His conversations with the Swiss musicologist Martin Meyer (included in the booklets of all the volumes in the cycle) are a priceless guide in understanding and approaching Beethoven’s universe. A persistent sense of narration and a wondrous flavor of authenticity surface the proceedings. Schiff seems one of the most entitled interpreters to convey the inexhaustible beauties of this supremely existential repertoire.
One of the best 16 April 2013
By Mike in PDX - Published on Amazon.com
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There are many fine recordings of the Beethoven piano sonatas. I very much like Schiff's interpretations, and the set is recorded in very good sound. The interpretations are not dull, but are somewhat less angry than some others, and more warm and touching in places. I recommend this -- and the other volumes in the set -- to anyone with an interest in these keystones of the piano literature. If you have other versions, these are worth adding. If you don't, these are a great place to start.
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Schiff's free Beethoven sonata lectures 25 Mar 2008
By Fred Von Lohmann - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't miss Andras Schiff's excellent lectures about Beethoven's sonatas. The perfect accompaniment for this cycle, available for free from the Guardian UK website (google: schiff guardian uk).
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Beethoven Piano Sonatas Opera 31 and 53 - for the Millenium 25 Mar 2008
By S. Knappertz - Published on Amazon.com
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A recording in the series of all Beethoven Sonatas by Andras Schiff, the current authority both through his extensive scholarship on this subject as well as his dynamic and insightful performances. Impressive are his assured use of the enormous Beethoven intended tempi, off-set by his frequently employed non-legato style, followed by lyrical development sections and dramatic interjections. The almost orchestral passages are played revering the majestic. This series will be the Beethoven Sonata series for the Millenium. Largo con gran expressione!
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