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Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas

> Andante in F major, WoO 57, "Andante favori" - Andante in F major, WoO 57, "Andante favori"
> Piano Sonata in C major, WoO 51 - I. Allegro
> Piano Sonata in C major, WoO 51 - II. Adagio
> Piano Sonata in F major, WoO 50 - I. —
> Piano Sonata in F major, WoO 50 - II. Allegretto
> Piano Sonata in E flat major, WoO 47, No. 1, "Kurfurstensonaten" - I. Allegro cantabile
> Piano Sonata in E flat major, WoO 47, No. 1, "Kurfurstensonaten" - II. Andante
> Piano Sonata in E flat major, WoO 47, No. 1, "Kurfurstensonaten" - III. Rondo vivace
> Piano Sonata in F minor, WoO 47, No. 2, "Kurfurstensonaten" - I. Larghetto maestoso - Allegro assai
> Piano Sonata in F minor, WoO 47, No. 2, "Kurfurstensonaten" - II. Andante
> Piano Sonata in F minor, WoO 47, No. 2, "Kurfurstensonaten" - III. Presto
> Piano Sonata in D major, WoO 47, No. 3, "Kurfurstensonaten" - I. Allegro
> Sonata in D major for Piano 4 Hands, Op. 6 - II. Rondo: Moderato
> Piano Sonata in D major, WoO 47, No. 3, "Kurfurstensonaten" - II. Menuetto. Sostenuto (con 6 variazioni)
> Sonata in D major for Piano 4 Hands, Op. 6 - I. Allegro molto
> Piano Sonata in D major, WoO 47, No. 3, "Kurfurstensonaten" - III. Scherzando: Allegretto, ma non troppo

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 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 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 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 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 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 28 in A major, Op. 101
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
>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
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Andante for Piano in F major, WoO 57 "Andante Favori"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano in C major ("Eleonorem Sonate"), WoO 51 (fragment)
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonatina for piano in F major, WoO 50 (2 movements)
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano in E flat major ("Kurfürstensonate"), WoO 47/1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano in F minor ("Kurfürstensonate"), WoO 47/2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano in D major ("Kurfürstensonate"), WoO 47/3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano, 4 hands in D major, Op. 6
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Notes & Reviews:

Beethoven's piano sonatas, which span almost his entire life, radiate human struggle and heavenly conviction. While Bach summarized all that had come before, Beethoven's sonatas pointed toward the compositional future. Embarking on a life-long project, pianist Peter Takács presents all of the composer's sonatas for the first time in one package. When asked why he initiated this ambitious project, Takács commented, "I have lived with these magnificent works, as performer and teacher, for many years. I find in them a record of a great composer's development from his youth as a brilliant virtuoso to the peaks of musical maturity. One recurrent aspect of these sonatas is their strikingly modern relevance as universal statements about the human condition--about struggle and suffering, healing and transcendence. In them one gleans a mind intent on surprising and delighting the listener, pushing the envelope of accepted rules, and being inspired by nature both in its pastoral serenity and its turbulence (reflecting his inner turmoil as well)." The set boasts 11 Hybrid SACDs and includes not only the 32 well-known sonatas but all of the early piano sonatas that remained unnumbered as well as the only sonata that Beethoven wrote for four hands. A 144-page full-color hardcover book provides an essay on The Mind of Beethoven (written by Takács) and extensive, detailed notes on the interpretation of each work illustrated with examples from the scores. Additionally, Beethoven's life, times and world are outlined in a removable 22" X 22", double-sided fold-out chart. Recorded in 5.1 Surround Audio and performed by Mr. Takács on a Bösendorfer Imperial Concert Grand.

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
An ambition to record the piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven is common among great pianists, but Peter Takács' imposing box set is complete beyond ordinary expectations. Not only did he record all 32 piano sonatas with opus numbers, but he also included the less familiar Sonatina in F major, WoO 50, the Sonata in C major, WoO 51, the Three "Elector" Sonatas, the Sonata in D major for piano four hands (with Janice Weber on the secondo part), and the charming Andante in F major, known as the Andante favori. In addition to the 11 hybrid multichannel SACDs that come in a sturdy album of illustrated cardboard sleeves, there is also a hardcover book of "Notes" that contains thorough information about the sonatas along with many fascinating illustrations, and a comprehensive "Beethoven Timeline" included in a pocket inside the back cover. This might seem like over-packaging, and a bit more than anyone might really need, but when one considers the excellence of Takács performances, which are among the finest ever released, then all of the extras housed in this heavy box seem more like a tribute to the pianist's monumental achievement.

There is little to quibble about, except perhaps the minor points of interpretation or technique, which aficianados can always find between performances, but Takács is such an esteemed artist and his readings are so elevated and polished, the discussion should focus instead on degrees of excellence. Takács' playing is clean, his expression subtle, his rhythms supple, his power unrivaled; furthermore, his understanding of Beethoven's methods and expressions is so profound that this set warrants the highest honors. Add to this Cambria's extraordinarily realistic DSD reproduction that captures every nuance of Takács' touch and the full range of the piano's timbres, and this lavish set can be understood to suit its musical subject matter most handsomely. Recommended as one of the finest Beethoven sonata cycles of any year.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Build.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (12/17/2001-12/20/2001)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1793-1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 2 no 2
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (12/17/2001-12/20/2001)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1794-1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (12/17/2001-12/20/2001)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1794-1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/23/2003-08/27/2003)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 19 in G minor, Op. 49 no 1
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/23/2003-08/27/2003)
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 20 in G major, Op. 49 no 2
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/28/2002-09/01/2002)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1795-1796

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 11 in B flat major, Op. 22
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/23/2003-08/27/2003)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/28/2002-09/01/2002)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1795-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/28/2002-09/01/2002)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/28/2002-09/01/2002)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/28/2002-09/01/2002)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/23/2003-08/27/2003)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/23/2003-08/27/2003)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1799

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March"
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/23/2003-08/27/2003)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1800-1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia"
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (03/10/2002-03/14/2002)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1800-1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (03/10/2002-03/14/2002)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 15 in D, Op. 28 "Pastorale)
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/28/2002-09/01/2002)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 16 in G major, Op. 31 no 1
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/26/2004-09/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31/2 "The Tempest"
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/23/2003-08/27/2003)
  • Running Time: 22 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat, Op. 31
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/23/2003-08/27/2003)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (12/17/2001-12/20/2001)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1803-1804

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (12/17/2001-12/20/2001)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1804

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (12/17/2001-12/20/2001)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1804-1805

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 "A Thérèse"
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/26/2004-09/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 25 in G major, Op. 79 "Cuckoo"
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (06/19/2007-06/20/2007); Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/26/2004-09/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux"
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/26/2004-09/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809-1810

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/26/2004-09/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1814

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/28/2002-09/01/2002)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1816

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (08/26/2004-09/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1817-1818

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (03/10/2002-03/14/2002)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1820

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (03/10/2002-03/14/2002)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (03/10/2002-03/14/2002)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Andante for Piano in F major, WoO 57 "Andante Favori"
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (06/19/2007-06/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1804

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano in C major ("Eleonorem Sonate"), WoO 51 (fragment)
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (06/19/2007-06/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonatina for piano in F major, WoO 50 (2 movements)
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (06/19/2007-06/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1793

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano in E flat major ("Kurfürstensonate"), WoO 47/1
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (06/19/2007-06/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano in F minor ("Kurfürstensonate"), WoO 47/2
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (06/19/2007-06/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano in D major ("Kurfürstensonate"), WoO 47/3
  • Performer: Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (06/19/2007-06/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano, 4 hands in D major, Op. 6
  • Performers: Janice Weber (Piano); Peter Takács (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communications Building, Austin Peay State University, Clarksvill (06/19/2007-06/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1797