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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 14 & 21

Audio Samples

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 "Cuckoo"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 "Cuckoo"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
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Notes & Reviews:

Steven Osborne has been performing Beethoven live in concert for many years, always to great acclaim. Now for the first time he has committed these extraordinary performances to disc. It is clear from listening to the opening movement of the Moonlight Sonata that this release will establish him firmly as one of the great Beethoven pianists of today. Performances of such passionate humility, such musical intelligence, such subtlety and yet such instinctive understanding of the music are rare indeed. This disc features three of Beethoven's most celebrated sonatas and the miniature Op 79. NPR writes "He looks inside the music for the basic threads that hold it together, and comes up not with gauze, but with velvet."

'Instantly recommends itself as an important addition to the catalogue ... This Beethoven disc similarly makes one marvel at the way Osborne's own personality seems able to ally itself with the composer's, in the way he illuminates aspects of style, structure and substance with clarity, subtlety and dynamism' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Performances of exceptional quailty ... and real stature ... This is an outstanding disc' (International Record Review)

'The Moonlight, Op 27 No 2 , receives a particularly satisfying performance, from the first movement's magically limpid, unhurried mysteries, through the allegretto's sprightly curtseys, to the finale, so deservedly marked presto agitato. It's in this movement that Osborne really hits the heights. He drives the notes forward, stirring excitement without succumbing to the melodramatic ... The Pathetique and Waldstein sonatas receive equally refreshing and sensitive accounts. And all are recorded with Hyperion's usual finesse' (The Times)

'Osborne ... has that special ability to make music that you thought you knew inside out seem fresh and totally alive' (The Guardian)

'In the 'Moonlight' Sonata, Osborne casts a spell from the very opening, suggesting improvisation yet also a searching harmonic rigour and beguiling the ear with subtle colour and touch' (ClassicalSource.com)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (09/13/2008-09/15/2008).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (09/13/2008-09/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (09/13/2008-09/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 "Cuckoo"
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (09/13/2008-09/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (09/13/2008-09/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1803-1804