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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op. 109, 110, 111 / Lubimov

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:

In 2010, Zig-Zag Territoires released Alexei Lubimov’s recording of the Schubert Impromptus on two period pianos, which was awarded a CHOC Award and received Five Stars from BBC Music magazine. During the same recording session, Lubimov took on the last three sonatas of Beethoven! Lubimov belongs to the great Russian tradition of pianists such as Richter and Gilels, as well as to the generation of Early Music pioneers that includes Gustav Leonhardt and the Kuijken brothers. He is a leading interpreter of such modern composers as Denisov, Schnittke, Silvestrov, and Arvo Part.

“Breathtaking.” — The Independent

“A beautiful recital by a master pianist.” — BBC Music magazine

"Alexei Lubimov's account of Beethoven's late piano sonatas, on an instrument of the composer's time, is totally enthralling" -The Guardian

"It was fascinating to listen to Alexei Lubimov playing Beethoven's last three sonatas on an Alois Graff piano of 1828, just a few days after hearing Maurizio Pollini's magisterial accounts of the same works in the Royal Festival Hall in London. It's a measure of Lubimov's musical intelligence that though the sound world of these performances is so far removed from the power of Pollini's modern Steinway, interpretatively they stand up very well to the comparison. Performances of the late Beethoven piano sonatas on instruments of his time are rare - though because the instrument itself was evolving so rapidly during the composer's lifetime, and the piano writing in his late works pushes beyond the boundaries of what was practical at the time, it's hard to agree on the instruments on which they should be played. Lubimov uses an instrument made two years after Beethoven's death because of the tonal range it offers, and he exploits those keyboard colours, the evenness of the tone and the articulacy of its lower registers quite wonderfully, allowing him to shape his playing without a trace of self-consciousness. It's a totally enthralling disc." ***** -Andrew Clements, The Guardian

"The challenges may be forbidding but the rewards are huge...He has clearly thought long and hard about this music: without softening its strange juxtapositions and impulses, he makes sense of Beethoven's elusive logic, and thus captures each sonata's integrity and greatness. His magisterial grasp of the Op.110 finale is especially impressive" -Financial Times

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Église Doopsgezinde Gemeente Haarlem (07/14/2009-07/15/2009).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
  • Performer: Alexei Lubimov (Piano)
  • Notes: Église Doopsgezinde Gemeente Haarlem (07/14/2009-07/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1820

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
  • Performer: Alexei Lubimov (Piano)
  • Notes: Église Doopsgezinde Gemeente Haarlem (07/14/2009-07/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
  • Performer: Alexei Lubimov (Piano)
  • Notes: Église Doopsgezinde Gemeente Haarlem (07/14/2009-07/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822