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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp. 7, 14, 22 / Maurizio Pollini, piano

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7
>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 11 in B flat major, Op. 22
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Notes & Reviews:

Maurizio Pollini continues to complete his cycle of recordings of all of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas. This is the second to last disc before Pollini completes the Beethoven Sonatas Cycle. One of the greatest pianists of our time presents his own unique and individual survey of giants of the piano repertoire. Recorded at the KKL Luzern and the Herkulessaal (Residence) in Munich. A special album from a special pianist - and one with appeal beyond the world of piano aficionados. Maurizio Pollini is one of Deutsche Grammophon's icons, having been exclusively with the company for over four decades.

ResMusica
Having followed Pollini along this musical and spiritual path, we were left speechless.

BBC Music Magazine
... magisterial performances...

Classicalsource.com
... an afternoon marked by great warmth, expressive swarms of notes and a steadiness that can be challenging to sustain in Beethoven... Pollini's strength at the outset was his dynamic range...

The Guardian, 7th November 2013
A curious mix of the magisterial and the severe...But sometimes the overbearing element can vanish altogether, as it does in Pollini's delicate, quicksilver account of the first of the Op 14 pair...No one who has followed this cycle will think twice about hearing this latest batch of performances.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
In Beethoven Op. 7 Sonata, Maurizio Pollini pounces on the composer's Allegro molto e con brio directive with joyful momentum...the pianist's superb articulation of the G major's central Andante's detached chords and cross-rhythmic accentuation the music's proximity to Haydn.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich (01/2012); KKL Luzern (01/2012); Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich (05/2012/06/2012); KKL Luzern (05/2012/06/2012).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Notes: KKL Luzern (01/2012); Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich (01/2012); KKL Luzern (05/2012/06/2012); Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich (05/2012/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Notes: KKL Luzern (01/2012); Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich (01/2012); KKL Luzern (05/2012/06/2012); Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich (05/2012/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Notes: KKL Luzern (01/2012); Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich (01/2012); KKL Luzern (05/2012/06/2012); Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich (05/2012/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1799

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 11 in B flat major, Op. 22
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Notes: KKL Luzern (01/2012); Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich (01/2012); KKL Luzern (05/2012/06/2012); Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich (05/2012/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1800