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BEETHOVEN, L.: Piano Sonatas Nos. 30-32 (Gould) (1956)


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BEETHOVEN, L.: Piano Sonatas Nos. 30-32 (Gould) (1956)

The release of Glenn Gould’s 1955 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, (Naxos 8.111247) spread his name around the world as this was Bach playing of a style that was wholly new. As a follow up, the 23 year-old Gould chose the last three sonatas by Beethoven which, at that time, were usually reserved for more experienced pianists.With their sometimes unusually fast tempos (executed with remarkable clarity and precision) and omission of repeats, Gould’s performances originally attracted widespread criticism for daring to be different. With hindsight, however, they can be seen as perfectly valid interpretations that combine sensitivity and intelligence without a trace of sentimentality.

Beethoven, Ludwig van

  Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
1.   I. Vivace ma non troppo, sempre legato 00:03:21
2.   II. Prestissimo 00:02:00
3.   III. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo - Variations I - VI 00:07:44
  Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110
4.   I. Moderato cantabile, molto espressivo 00:07:03
5.   II. Allegro molto 00:02:07
6.   III. Adagio ma non troppo - Arioso dolente - 00:03:51
7.   III. Fuga: Allegro, ma non troppo - L'istesso tempo di Arioso - L'inversione della Fuga 00:07:01
  Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
8.   I. Maestoso: Allegro con brio ed appassionato 00:07:21
9.   II. Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile 00:15:27

Total Playing Time: 00:55:55

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Gould, Glenn

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Pianists

Genre: Instrumental

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: 8.111299

Barcode: 0747313329922

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Physical Release: 07/2008

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