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Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas / Maurizio Pollini, piano [8 CDs]

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 2 no 2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 11 in B flat major, Op. 22
>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 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 15 in D, Op. 28 "Pastorale)
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 16 in G major, Op. 31 no 1
>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
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 "A Thérèse"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 "Cuckoo"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101
>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:

8 CDs, Capbox. Maurizio Pollini's Beethoven Sonatas cycle has reached completion after nearly 40 years. The Beethoven cycle began in June 1975 with opp. 109 and 110, and reached completion this year with the final CD, of the three sonatas op. 31 and the two of op. 49. This latter recording will appear as a single CD simultaneously with the box set. This is the first Beethoven cycle on DG since those of Barenboim and Giles in the 1980s.

Maurizio Pollini’s Beethoven Sonatas cycle has reached completion after nearly 40 years.

We celebrate this major event with a handsome 8-CD capbox that provides a fitting testimonial to a great artistic partnership between pianist and record label.

The final recordings in the cycle (opp. 31 & 49) are being released simultaneously as a single CD.

Pollini / Beethoven: A story that goes back to June 1975, when Maurizio Pollini began recording the Beethoven Sonatas, starting with two of the last three – op. 109 and op. 110. The remaining Late Sonatas (op. 101, op. 106 and op. 111) followed in 1976 and 1977. Released initially as single LPs, the subsequent 3-LP set won a Gramophone Award.

The story ended in 2014, when the three Sonatas op. 31 and the two of op. 49 were recorded. (Pollini had also recorded op. 31 no. 2, the so-called “Tempest”, before.)

Nearly 40 years to record all 32 Sonatas: Pollini’s is the first cycle on Deutsche Grammophon since those of Daniel Barenboim (1981 – 1984) and Emil Gilels (1972 – 1984, incomplete).

For the release of the box set, the recordings have been arranged by opus number into a compact 8-CD set, with no duplications of repertoire. Although modest in size, the set stands as a monument of artistic achievement, and a remarkable testimony to an artistic partnership that goes back more than forty years.


Works:

Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1795-1797; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 20 in G major, Op. 49 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 2 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 19 in G minor, Op. 49 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31 no 2 "Tempest" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 16 in G major, Op. 31 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 15 in D major, Op. 28 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 11 in B flat major, Op. 22 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 2 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1793-1795; Vienna, Austria

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
In Beethoven Op. 7 Sonata, Maurizio Pollini pounces on the composer's Allegro molto e con brio directive with joyful momentum...the pianist's superb articulation of the G major's central Andante's detached chords and cross-rhythmic accentuation the music's proximity to Haydn. (on Piano Sonatas Nos. 4 & 9-11)

BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ***
Needless to say, there's some dazzling pianism on display but Pollini's fondness for lightning-quick tempos all to often denies the music breathing space. (on Piano Sonatas Nos. 4 & 9-11)

International Record Review, February 2014
The hallmarks of Pollini's musical and pianistic style are everywhere in evidence here: his powerful technique, the elegance and delicacy of his fingerwork even when the music is dramatic or forceful. (on Piano Sonatas Nos. 4 & 9-11)

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
There are some fine interpretations here, too. High points include the passionate, controlled Appassionata (J/A 2003) and a particularly effective Hammerklavier, where he draws magnificent contrasts in the first movement. The "proto-jazz" variation of the final movement of Sonata 32 has real exuberance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Munich, Residenz, Herkulessaal (01/1977); Vienna, Musikverein, Groáer Saal (01/1977); Munich, Residenz, Herkulessaal (02/1997); Vienna, Musikverein, Groáer Saal (02/1997); Munich, Residenz, Herkulessaal (06/1975); Vienna, Musikverein, Groáer Saal (06/1975); Munich, Residenz, Herkulessaal (06/1988); Vienna, Musikverein, Groáer Saal (06/1988); Munich, Residenz, Herkulessaal (06/2002); Vienna, Musikverein, Groáer Saal (06/2002); Munich, Residenz, Herkulessaal (06/2013/06/2014); Vienna, Musikverein, Groáer Saal (06/2013/06/2014); Munich, Residenz, Herkulessaal (09/1976); Vienna, Musikverein, Groáer Saal (09/1976); Munich, Residenz, Herkulessaal (09/2006); Vienna, Musikverein, Groáer Saal (09/2006).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1793-95.
  • Running Time: 19 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1793-1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 2 no 2
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1794-95.
  • Running Time: 21 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1794-1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1794-95.
  • Running Time: 23 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1794-1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Notes: Lucerne (01/2012); Munich, Residenz, Herkulessaal (01/2012); Lucerne (05/2012/06/2012); Munich, Residenz, Herkulessaal (05/2012/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Notes: Lucerne (01/2012); Munich, Residenz, Herkulessaal (01/2012); Lucerne (05/2012/06/2012); Munich, Residenz, Herkulessaal (05/2012/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Notes: Munich, Residenz, Herkulessaal (01/2012); Lucerne (01/2012); Munich, Residenz, Herkulessaal (05/2012/06/2012); Lucerne (05/2012/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1799

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 11 in B flat major, Op. 22
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Notes: Lucerne (01/2012); Munich, Residenz, Herkulessaal (01/2012); Lucerne (05/2012/06/2012); Munich, Residenz, Herkulessaal (05/2012/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1795-97.
  • Running Time: 16 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1795-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March"
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1800-1801
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia"
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1800-1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 15 in D, Op. 28 "Pastorale)
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 16 in G major, Op. 31 no 1
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1802.
  • Running Time: 19 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31/2 "The Tempest"
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat, Op. 31
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 19 in G minor, Op. 49 no 1
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 1797.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 20 in G major, Op. 49 no 2
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1795-96.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1795-1796

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1803-1804
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1804.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1804

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1804-1805

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 "A Thérèse"
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 "Cuckoo"
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux"
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809-1810

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1814

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1817-1818

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1816

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1820

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

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822