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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas / Nelson Freire

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
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Notes & Reviews:

"With this, his fifth Decca disc since the turn of the century, it can no longer be denied: Freire has returned -- and returned triumphantly. And with this, his first Beethoven disc, it can no longer be argued: Freire is a master musician who has as much to say about the repertoire he chooses to perform as the greatest pianists of the past. Freier's "Waldstein" has a velocity and an intensity that few can match and his "Les Adieux" has a melancholy and a joy that even fewer can match. Better yet, Freier's "Moonlight" Sonata has a serenity and an expressivity that makes the work glow with supernatural light while his Opus 110 Sonata has a power and a depth that makes the work shine with spiritual ecstasy. One could point out that Freier's technique equals Brendel's, that his tone equals Kovacevich's, and that his sense of balance equals Pollini's, but the real miracle here is Freier's unique interpretive personality. At once hot and cool, impetuous and measured, Freier always seems to know where he's going -- and always seems surprised and delighted to get there. Captured in Decca's lushly detailed digital sound, this disc should be heard by anyone who loves great piano playing." -All Music



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Notes: La Salle de Musique, Chaux-de-Fonds (04/21/2006-04/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1803-1804

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux"
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Notes: La Salle de Musique, Chaux-de-Fonds (04/21/2006-04/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809-1810

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Notes: La Salle de Musique, Chaux-de-Fonds (04/21/2006-04/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Notes: La Salle de Musique, Chaux-de-Fonds (04/21/2006-04/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801