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John Ogdon: Beethoven Hammerklavier Sonata & Piano Music of Carl Nielsen [Original recording remastered]

John Ogdon , Carl Nielsen Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B00FVJFDYS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,862 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 "Große Sonate für das Hammerklavier": I. Allegro (Remastered)10:45£2.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 "Große Sonate für das Hammerklavier": II. Scherzo, assai vivace (Remastered) 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. III. Adagio sostenuto (Remastered)15:22£4.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. IV. Largo, allegro (Remastered)12:10£2.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Chaconne Op. 32 (Remastered)10:14£2.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I. Allegretto un pochettino (Remastered) 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Suite Op. 45: II. Poco moderato (Remastered) 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Suite Op. 45: III. Molto adagio e patetico (Remastered) 5:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Suite Op. 45: IV. Allegretto innocente (Remastered) 2:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Suite Op. 45: V. Allegretto vivo (Remastered)0:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Suite Op. 45: VI. Allegro non troppo ma vigoroso (Remastered) 8:03£2.99  Buy MP3 


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A pianist whose career was cut tragically short, the “gentle giant” John Ogdon was a remarkable English virtuoso chiefly associated with Romantic and 20th-century repertoire. But he was also praised for the classical sense of proportion and balance of his Beethoven playing, such as his sought-after recording of the “Hammerklavier” Sonata, never before issued on CD and now coupled with pieces by Nielsen from the same 1967 London sessions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ogdon's Mastery Remastered 29 Nov 2013
By J.O.
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Sony has remastered this 1967 RCA recording by master pianist John Ogdon--wow! Both the Beethoven and Nielsen are great showcases for his effortless virtuosity and probing interpretations. As expected, Ogdon revels in the contrapuntal density of these pieces and clearly articulates every line. Some of his delicate playing in Nielsen's Chaconne is absolutely breath-taking. He takes a rather deliberate tempo in the Hammerklavier's fugal last movement, but it adds clarity and power. These pieces were recorded at the height of Ogdon's powers before his tragic schizophrenia derailed him for a while. As far as I know these performances have only been available on LP--Sony's 24 bit/96khz remastering makes them sound almost new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Ogden, Beethoven 23 Feb 2014
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This is a treasure! John Ogden was a gifted pianist and a true musician. At his best he played with passion and precision.
In his all too short life he gave such pleasure to those who heard him play. The Beethoven shows both strength, and gentleness of playing - something missing from the 'technical perfection' of some of his successors. More of this artist, please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb 14 Jan 2014
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Another disc to remind us what a loss the world of music suffered in John Ogden. The Hammerklavier is wonderful, as good as any I've heard. It bursts with energy and virtuosity. The third movement is beautiful, great power alternating with great control and musicianship. The somewhat deranged fugal last movement hangs together and makes sense, not always the case. The Nielsen pieces are musically slighter, but enjoyable nonetheless. I'm glad I bought this - it seems to get even better every time I play it. It could well be my desert island Hammerklavier.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ogdon at his best 14 Mar 2014
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This has got to be my favorite Hammerklavier. I grew up with Egon Petri, who's recording was the one that allowed me, an amateur to understand the work and enjoy it. Ogdon really surpasses the Petri, if in no other way than the sonics, which are excellent in this release. This is a recording that both old hands and beginners will find very satisfying
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