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Complete Beethoven Sonatas, Vol. 9

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31/2 "The Tempest"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat, Op. 31
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 19 in G minor, Op. 49 no 1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 20 in G major, Op. 49 no 2
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Notes & Reviews:

With this specially-priced two-disc set, Garrick Ohlsson completes his survey of Beethoven's monumental thirty-two sonatas, a project that the great American pianist has been working on for more than a decade.

With this specially-priced two disc set, Garrick Ohlsson completes his survey of Beethoven’s monumental 32 sonatas, a project that the great American pianist has been working on for more than a decade. Of Vol. 3 of this series, winner of the 2008 Grammy for “Best Instrumental Performance,” Jed Distler writes: “The god of inspiration sprints hand in hand with Garrick Ohlsson as the pianist nears completion of his Beethoven sonata cycle. The present disc opens with one of Op. 2, No. 3’s finest recorded performances. Ohlsson’s lean, propulsive first movement incorporates distinctly contrasted themes and subtle tempo modifications. Everything hangs together so well that when Ohlsson leans on the accelerator for the movement’s final octave outburst the effect is conclusive rather than vulgar. Ohlsson also plays Op. 14, No. 1 beautifully, bringing a refreshingly terse quality to the Allegretto by underlining its sudden dynamic shifts. Excellent sound and notes.”

"With this, the ninth volume in his series for Bridge, Ohlsson completes a cycle of Beethoven's 32. It is a triumphant arrival, adhering fully to the standards of excellence established earlier in the series. This recording is outstanding, brilliant at almost every turn. The sound is unimpeachable, the playing a delight. Ohlsson gives the audience exactly what it wants, which is conventional, mainstream Beethoven that still sounds fresh... This is truly wonderful music-making" -American Record Guide

"The starts of this recording are Gabriel Cassone and his colleagues. Cassone is a very lyrical performer on a natural trumpet, and he apparently has instilled the same lyricism in the other trumpeters. This is especially evident in the works by Carl Heinrich, whose style is moving more towards the melodious classical style (think Leopold Mozart) and away from the intricate fantasy style of the baroque." -American Record Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Recital Hall, State University of New York, Purchase, U (2008).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1795-97.
  • Running Time: 19 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1795-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1804.
  • Running Time: 13 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1804

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31/2 "The Tempest"
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat, Op. 31
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 19 in G minor, Op. 49 no 1
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 1797.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 20 in G major, Op. 49 no 2
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1795-96.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1795-1796