Beethoven: Sonatas Op. 108, 110 & 111 / Antti Siirala, piano

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>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

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:

First Prize winner of three international piano competitions, including the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition (2003), Finnish pianist Antti Siirala has established himself as one of the finest pianists of his generation. In addition to a stunning debut with the San Francisco Symphony playing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 under Osmo Vänskä, his American engagements include the Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and the New Jersey Symphony. Here, he presents Beethoven's final three sonatas, always a subject for discussion and curiosity among music lovers!

The New York Times
The highlight was Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, with the young Finnish pianist Antti Siirala in his New York orchestral debut ... he proved an elegant and intelligent musician with a refined and resourceful technique.

New York Observer
For sheer tonal beauty, no pianist surpassed Antti Siirala.

Seattle Times
A pianist worthy of the most serious consideration ... performances of glorious beauty and strong individualism.

Allmusic.com
Finnish pianist Antti Siirala has performed Beethoven's sonatas both in groups and in the whole cycle, gaining a reputation for restrained, subtle performances. Here, in Beethoven's three concluding works in the piano sonata genre, he offers quiet, graceful readings that take small liberties with tempo at unexpected times. His playing has the virtue of being thought through afresh, and individual listeners' mileage may vary. To these ears, Siirala's approach works best in the Piano Sonata No. 31 in A major, Op. 110, where his constantly shifting first movement creates a good and unusual balance with the final fugue. It works least well in the Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109, where the detailed early variations in the finale do not build up to the needed payoff. Just as with the Ninth Symphony, Beethoven attempted in these sonatas to push his instrument to and even a little beyond its limits, and this aspect is lost in Siirala's underpowered reading. He is in no way lacking in technical strengths, however, and the Piano Sonata No. 31 in C minor, Op. 111, sustains the ecstatic momentum of the finale and makes its multiple simultaneous trills not just ring but live. Fine sound from Bavarian Radio rounds out an above-average Beethoven package.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Neumarkt (Oberpfalz), Historischer Reitstadel (06/2011).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
  • Performer: Antti Siirala (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1820

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
  • Performer: Antti Siirala (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
  • Performer: Antti Siirala (Piano)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822