Beethoven: Alfred Brendel Favourite Piano Sonatas

Beethoven: Alfred Brendel Favourite Piano Sonatas
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Artist Alfred Brendel piano
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 94272
EAN code 5028421942728
Release August 2011

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About this release

- Alfred Brendels first recording of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas are a landmark of youthful exuberance, a typically young man’s Beethoven, full of vigour, virtuosity and spontaneity.
- This set offers a generous selection of famous piano sonatas, all with nicknames, and therefore known by a wide audience.

Alfred Brendel may have disowned these recordings made for Vox Records in the dawn of his long career, but they still have the power to touch and to move, with a freshness of response that inevitably comes from a young man’s Beethoven, illuminated of course by the sovreign technique and musical intelligence that would only broaden and deepen as the years went by. Brendel has retired from performance now, but we can count ourselves lucky to have these mementoes of a performer for whom perfection and inspiration were never to be considered contradictory qualities or aims.
Included in this set of superb value are the ‘named’ piano sonatas that anyone who comes to Beethoven, and to his piano music, quickly grows to love, and perhaps later to know and understand:
‘Moonlight’
‘Appassionata’
‘Hammerklavier’
‘Pathétique’
‘Les Adieux’
‘Tempest’
‘Waldstein’
‘Pastoral’

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight’: I. Adagio sostenuto
  2. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight’: II. Allegretto
  3. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight’: III. Presto agitato
  4. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 ‘Pathétique’: I. Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio
  5. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 ‘Pathétique’: II. Adagio cantabile
  6. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 ‘Pathétique’: III. Rondo: Allegro
  7. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 ‘Appassionata’: I. Allegro assai
  8. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 ‘Appassionata’: II. Andante con moto
  9. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 ‘Appassionata’: III. Allegro ma non troppo

Disk 2

  1. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat, Op. 106 ‘Hammerklavier’: I. Allegro
  2. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat, Op. 106 ‘Hammerklavier’: II. Scherzo: Assai vivace
  3. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat, Op. 106 ‘Hammerklavier’: III. Adagio sostenuto
  4. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat, Op. 106 ‘Hammerklavier’: IV. Largo – Allegro risoluto
  5. Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat, Op. 81a ‘Les Adieux’: I. Les Adieux: Adagio – Allegro
  6. Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat, Op. 81a ‘Les Adieux’: II. L’Absence: Andante espressivo
  7. Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat, Op. 81a ‘Les Adieux’: III. Le Retour: Vivacissimamente

Disk 3

  1. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31 No. 2 ‘Tempest’: I. Largo – Allegro – Adagio
  2. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31 No. 2 ‘Tempest’: II.Adagio
  3. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31 No. 2 ‘Tempest’: III.Allegretto
  4. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C, Op. 53 ‘Waldstein’: I. Allegro con brio
  5. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C, Op. 53 ‘Waldstein’: II. Introduzione: Adagio molto
  6. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C, Op. 53 ‘Waldstein’: III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato – Prestissimo
  7. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D, Op. 28 ‘Pastoral’: I. Allegro
  8. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D, Op. 28 ‘Pastoral’: II. Andante
  9. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D, Op. 28 ‘Pastoral’: III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace – Trio