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Beethoven: Sonatas, Opp. 109, 110 & 111 / Evgeni Koroliev, 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
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Evgeni Koroliov announces himself again with a recording of the Late Piano Sonatas of Beethoven (opp. 109, 110 and 111). A heavy, powerful touch is not his thing. Playing loudly where it is called for, Koroliov attempts to capture the listener's attention in a different way, seducing one with his nuanced touch and an almost all-absorbing intensity. "If I could chose just one piece and soloist on a lonesome island, I would chose Koroliov. I would listen again and again to his recordings, dying of thirst and hunger till my last breath." György Ligeti

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
While one can give a bow to Koroliov's credentials and to his digital control, whether he adds a special dimension to his playing worthy of attention is a question for the reviewer. I need not have feared. These are beautiful performances, played with generosity of vision, refined tonal allure when called for, powerful assertion and bursts of impressive speed when needed. Sonata 30 is played with all the refinement and sensitivity one could ask for. His hushed gentleness makes it seem that he really cares and has fully immersed himself in the music. Sonata 31 shares this gentle refinement. The sound of the Steinway D has been well caught by the engineers, and collectors should not hesitate to add this to their buy list of the last three sonatas.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Dahlem, Berlin (2014).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
  • Performer: Evgeni Koroliov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1820

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
  • Performer: Evgeni Koroliov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
  • Performer: Evgeni Koroliov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822