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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No. 21 'Waldstein' and No. 29 'Hammerklavier' / Sunwook Kim, piano

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Sunwook Kim came to international recognition when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006, aged just 18, becoming the competition's youngest winner for 40 years as well as its first Asian winner. He has appeared as a concert soloist with some of the world's leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and many more. On this release, Sunwook Kim performs Beethoven's Waldstein and Hammerklavier piano sonatas. Beethoven's piano sonatas came to be seen as the first cycle of major piano pieces suited to concert hall performance.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2016
[Sunwook Kim] has chosen two of Beethoven's big pyrotechnic showpieces; or at least this is the aspect his playing highlights. Textures are phenomenally clear throughout - the octave glissandos in the finale of the Waldstein, for instance, are dispatched with consummate ease - and if anything in the Hammerklavier made Kim sweat, you wouldn't know it... hats off.

BBC Music Magazine, March 2016
The Waldstein is... quite impressive, with its dazzling opening movement thrown off with apparent ease, the slow introduction to the finale admirably sustained, and the controversial blurred pedal effects of the concluding rondo itself intelligently handled.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
When Sunwook Kim won the 2006 Leeds competition, he was the youngest winner in 40 years, at age 18. These masterly performances prove a worthwhile purchase. Programmed together, they make a good pairing, with the delicacy and lightness of the Waldstein sonata set against the power of the Hammerklavier. He performs the Waldstein flawlessly and straightforwardly. His pacing in II is unrushed and employs the pedal sparingly. III has great clarity and momentum, with amazing precision on the runs. Hammerklavier is magnificent, as Kim takes the highly intricate, complicated material with immense control.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (06/2015).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
  • Performer: Sun-Wook Kim (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1803-1804

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
  • Performer: Sun-Wook Kim (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1817-1818