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Beethoven: The Last Three Piano Sonatas & 'Hammerklavier' Sonata / Paul Badura-Skoda, piano

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
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
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Notes & Reviews:

Once again, GENUIN combines old and new recordings by the Austrian piano grand seigneur Paul Badura-Skoda to form an exhilarating unity. His recording of Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata - the fourth-to-the-last sonata of the Master - is almost 40 years old, made in 1976, and it is combined here with the three last Beethoven sonatas, recorded by Badura-Skoda in late 2013. As always, our view of one of the great pianists of our time is rounded off by a profound text accompanying the master's recordings. An exemplary production!

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
At age 87 Badura-Skoda shows astounding passion and thoughtfulness, not to mention remarkable energy. While this Hammerklavier was recorded in 1976, he recorded Beethoven's last three piano sonatas only last year. His late Beethoven is particularly transparent. Sonata 30 unfolds lucidly and gracefully, with great attention to lyricism. His incredible expressive range and knack for extremes in dynamics appears in III. The more spirited opening of Sonata 31:I is a refreshing take. Hammerklavierk has all the requisite power and imagination. Badura-Skoda maintains fast tempos overall, a feat for any pianist. His performance is admirable.



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
  • Performer: Paul Badura-Skoda (Piano)
  • Notes: Joseph Haydn Konservatorium, Eisenstadt (12/27/2013-12/30/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1820

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
  • Performer: Paul Badura-Skoda (Piano)
  • Notes: Joseph Haydn Konservatorium, Eisenstadt (12/27/2013-12/30/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
  • Performer: Paul Badura-Skoda (Piano)
  • Notes: Joseph Haydn Konservatorium, Eisenstadt (12/27/2013-12/30/2013)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
  • Performer: Paul Badura-Skoda (Piano)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1817-1818
  • Studio/Live: Live