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Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 'Waldstein'; Piano Sonata No. 29 'Hammerklavier'

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
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Notes & Reviews:

The two sonatas featured on this release charted unprecedented paths of sonority and virtuosity, although the musical and pianistic aims radically differ. Vladimir ashkenazy re-recorded them both, the 'hammerklavier' for his complete beethoven sonata cycle, and the 'waldstein' as a digital remake for a separate cd. The rare and much sought-after 1967 recording of the 'hammerklavier' - vladimir ashkenazy's first of any beethoven sonata for decca - is sharply delineated and full of tensile energy, the fugal finale's gnarlier sequences more incisively articulated than his later remake.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kingsway Hall, London, UK.



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1803-1804

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1817-1818