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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 20, 21, 23, 28 and 30 (Gieseking) (1938-1940)


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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 20, 21, 23, 28 and 30 (Gieseking) (1938-1940)

Hailed as ‘the new Anton Rubinstein’ early in his career, Walter Gieseking sought to convey all the excitement and drama in Beethoven’s piano sonatas. This 1939 recording of the Waldstein Sonata was described in Gramophone as ‘distinguished by an amazing range of tone-colour, a never-failing sensitiveness to the demands of the music, and tremendously vital rhythm.’ The ‘Appassionata’ was received in America as ‘a superb recording that conveys the most subtle nuances as well as emotional vigour’, and the Sonata Op. 101 as ‘one of the finest interpretations and recording…the work emerges with a balance and clarity that could not be improved upon.’

Beethoven, Ludwig van

  Piano Sonata No. 20 in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2
1.   I. Allegro ma non troppo 00:03:31
2.   II. Tempo di menuetto 00:03:03
  Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein"
3.   I. Allegro con brio 00:07:18
4.   II. Introduzione: Adagio molto 00:03:10
5.   III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo 00:08:13
  Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata"
6.   I. Allegro assai 00:08:22
7.   II. Andante con moto 00:06:41
8.   III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto 00:06:43
  Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101
9.   I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung 00:04:07
10.   II. Lebhaft. Marschmassig 00:04:12
11.   III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll 00:02:19
12.   IV. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit 00:05:20
  Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
13.   I. Vivace ma non troppo 00:03:36
14.   II. Prestissimo 00:01:59
15.   III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung: Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo 00:10:13

Total Playing Time: 01:18:47

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Gieseking, Walter

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Pianists

Genre: Instrumental

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: 8.112063

Barcode: 636943206379

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Physical Release: 09/2011

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