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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol. 3 / Angela Hewitt

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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Angela Hewitt is rapidly establishing herself as one of the great pianists of our age. Her concert career is expanding as rapidly as her discography, so it seems only right that, following her success in tackling one of the pillars of classical music in Bach, she should tackle another in Beethoven. Hewitt's legion of fans will be delighted at this eagerly awaited third volume of Beethoven sonatas. Her first two releases in this series were praised for their 'clarity, intelligence and elegance' and all these trademark qualities of her playing are fully present in this third disc. Four contrasting sonatas are presented here, including the famous Moonlight Sonata, which needs no introduction.

"The spotlight is on the Moonlight, and Hewitt's performance is totally riveting. Adopting a flowing yet sustained tempo for the opening movement, she creates a beautifully veiled and hypnotic sound...whilst the Presto agitato balances tremendous finger dexterity with passion and urgency." - BBC Music Magazine

'The great A flat major Sonata and the later E minor Sonata receive emotionally contained, affectionate performances with exemplary attention to the score (I love the cushioned tone and rhythmic bounce Hewitt brings to Variation 2 of Op 26) ... She plays the Allegretto of the moonlight with a delightful lilt while observing Beethoven's dynamic requests to the letter' (Gramophone)

'Hewitt's pristine articulation and clarity of thought, line and feeling are, as ever, inimitable ... I am still surprised at just how expressively, and romantically, the great Canadian plays this music' (Glasgow Herald)

'Angela Hewitt's Beethoven is like no one else's ... The sense of Beethoven's music unfolding against a series of harmonic peaks and troughs is at its most poignant in the two-movement E minor Sonata op. 90. Not since Hans Richter-Haaser's unsurpassed 1960s account for EMI (originally coupled to the "Hammerklavier" and still, as far as I'm aware, awaiting issue on CD) has the tantalising compression of this priceless, iridescent gem been so exquisitely revealed' (International Piano Magazine)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Das Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy (2009-08-30_2009-08-31&2009-).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March"
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Das Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy (2009-08-30_2009-08-31&2009-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1800-1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Das Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy (2009-08-30_2009-08-31&2009-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Das Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy (2009-08-30_2009-08-31&2009-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1814

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Das Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy (2009-08-30_2009-08-31&2009-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801