Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas, Opp. 101, 106, 109, 110, 111 / Igor Levit, piano

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
>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
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

For the last three years, IGOR LEVIT's name has been the first to be mentioned whenever there has been talk of the most exciting of the younger generation of pianists. What is so surprising about Levit is not only the maturity of his interpretations, but his boundless appetite for new repertoire of works as difficult and demanding as possible. For his long-awaited debut album, the twenty-six-year-old Levit has chosen some of the most challenging repertoire ever written for piano: Beethoven's last five piano sonatas. On his two-CD debut set, Levit is not just another young aspiring pianist releasing his debut album, but rather an outstanding artist who meets the exceptionally high demands of this extraordinary music. Levit's technical and artistic command in the difficult "Hammerklaviersonate" Op. 106 is sure to be recognized as one of the most astounding accomplishments in recent history of Beethoven recordings. Igor Levit has received international acclaim since he appeared as the youngest artist ever at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in 2005, where he won four awards. Born in Russia, Levit moved to Germany with his family at the age of eight. He is a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, where he achieved the highest grades in the academy's history.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Siemensvilla, Berlin (2013-01-02_2013-01-05&2013-).



Reviews

Surprise--the hype is justified
Notwithstanding the hype surrounding this artist (someone called him "the pianist of the century"--about 80 years too soon) reviews of this album intrigued me. Turns out Levit is not just another young phenom. These performances told me things about every one of these sonatas that I did not know. In a word: enlightening. His way with late Beethoven is different, that's for certain, and there could be people who might find it idiosyncratic and not to their taste. But for me it is absolutely illuminating, so much so that I have to stop myself from playing these CDs too often. Fine recorded sound. One of the top albums of the year for me, perhaps of the past several years as well.
Submitted on 12/20/13 by Steve L. 
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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101
  • Performer: Igor Levit (Piano)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla, Berlin (2013-01-02_2013-01-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1816

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
  • Performer: Igor Levit (Piano)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla, Berlin (2013-01-02_2013-01-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1817-1818

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
  • Performer: Igor Levit (Piano)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla, Berlin (2013-01-02_2013-01-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1820

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
  • Performer: Igor Levit (Piano)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla, Berlin (2013-01-02_2013-01-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
  • Performer: Igor Levit (Piano)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla, Berlin (2013-01-02_2013-01-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822