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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4 / Christian Leotta, piano

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  1. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux": I. Das Lebewohl: Adagio - Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux": II. Abwesenheit: Andante espressivo $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux": III. Das Wiedersehn: Vivacissimamente $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1: I. Molto allegro e con brio $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1: II. Adagio molto $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1: III. Finale: Prestissimo $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28, "Pastoral": I. Allegro
  8. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28, "Pastoral": II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28, "Pastoral": III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28, "Pastoral": IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1: III. Menuetto: Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1: IV. Prestissimo $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7: I. Molto allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7: II. Largo con gran espressione
  17. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7: IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90: I. Mit lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90: II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 15 in D, Op. 28 "Pastorale)
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Italian pianist Christian Leotta returns with Volume IV of his complete cycle of Beethoven's piano sonatas. Christian Leotta has been defined by the legendary Rosalyn Tureck as "an extraordinary talent with a beautiful innate musicality, " and the great Karl Ulrich Schnabel wrote about him: "his respect of the indications of the Classical and Romantic composers is perfect and their understanding considerable."

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
This is not an entirely unpleasant listening experience: Sonata 1 and Sonata 4 are crisply done. Leotta is an agile performer who has researched these pieces extensively, and it is a shame that this ambitious project cannot compare to recordings by Brendel and Goode and others.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2013
For once the hyperbole rings true...Musicianly to the core, this young Italian pianist quietly but unmistakeably commands your attention at every level. His musical focus and concentration are unswerving, nothing is rushed or overly volatile...You will rarely encounter performance more meticulously prepared.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Dobbiaco, Italia, Auditorium "Gustav Mahler" (05/2011).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux"
  • Performer: Christian Leotta (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809-1810

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 5 in C minor, Op. 10 no 1
  • Performer: Christian Leotta (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1795-97.
  • Running Time: 19 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1795-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 15 in D, Op. 28 "Pastorale)
  • Performer: Christian Leotta (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor
  • Performer: Christian Leotta (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1793-95.
  • Running Time: 22 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1793-1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7
  • Performer: Christian Leotta (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1796-97.
  • Running Time: 31 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90
  • Performer: Christian Leotta (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1814