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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op. 109-111 / Elisabeth Leonskaja

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
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Notes & Reviews:

When one of today's leading pianists after many acclaimed concert performances makes new recordings of compositions from Beethoven's late period, it can be certain that this is an absolutely individual and original interpretation. Since an excellently arrayed Steinway concert grand piano with the best acoustics was available to Elisabeth Leonskaja for this SACD multichannel production, an impressive result was virtually preprogrammed.

Gramophone Magazine
Leonskaja's broad tempi, rounded phrases and generous ritardandos might satisfy those who'd like a suaver Barenboim or a less intense and harmonically complex Arrau... nothing ever sounds indulgent or pretentious, and Leonskaja's vibrant sonority consistently communicates rapture.

International Record Review
Leonskaja's sound is crystalline, liquescent and luminous... In the second movement [of Op.110] , she projects Beethoven's accented syncopations incisively, while the tricky cross-handed off-beats of its Trio section are delivered with similar aplomb... Leonskaja is clearly a very individual pianist with the will to play the music exactly as she hears it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ehemaliges Ackerhaus der Abtei Marienmünster (10/30/2009-11/01/2009).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
  • Performer: Elisabeth Leonskaja (Piano)
  • Notes: Ehemaliges Ackerhaus der Abtei Marienmünster (10/30/2009-11/01/2009)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1820

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
  • Performer: Elisabeth Leonskaja (Piano)
  • Notes: Ehemaliges Ackerhaus der Abtei Marienmünster (10/30/2009-11/01/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
  • Performer: Elisabeth Leonskaja (Piano)
  • Notes: Ehemaliges Ackerhaus der Abtei Marienmünster (10/30/2009-11/01/2009)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822