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  • Performer: Andras Schiff
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • ASIN: B000EGFUZA
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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International press reaction to the first volume of Schiff's Beethoven cycle was unanimous in their praise and many critics expressed their high expectations for the edition as a whole: "If the results match this volume we are in for a memorable cycle" - Sunday Times. And his concept to record the sonatas live and on two different pianos found much respect with reviewers. He plays each in 15 different cities before recording it: "I really feel that my performances get more mature from concert to concert. The repetitions are a very valuable lesson." As to his alternating use of a Steinway and a Bosendorfer, he emphasizes Beethoven's versatility and his great range of sonorities: "Most of his piano sonatas are rather lyrical pieces - they are poetic, philosophical, sometimes even humorous creations that don't 'bite' in the way the 'Pathetique' or the 'Hammerklavier' sonatas do. They have nothing in common with the cliche of the heroic and dramatic Beethoven. That's why I prefer the Bosendorfer in these works."

Schiff has repeatedly claimed that Beethoven's early sonatas need to be taken absolutely seriously as they offer highest compositional quality right from the start with Op 2. The Op 10 sonatas, written between 1796 and 1798 before he was 30, form a group of subtly interrelated masterworks. In Schiff's view they are pieces for "connoisseurs and amateurs", each displaying its own clearly defined character while the famous 'Pathetique' from 1798/99 introduces a dramatic attitude and a symphonic writing that was to become a central trait of some of Beethoven's most important works.

Schiff's Beethoven cycle on ECM continues this autumn with Volume III: the Sonatas Opp 11, 14 and 22.

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