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Beethoven: Piano Sonata no 31; Schubert: Piano Sonata no 21; Chopin: Nocturne, Op. posth. (1830) / Menahem Pressler, piano

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> Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110 - I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
> Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110 - II. Allegro molto
> Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110 - III. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo
> Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-Flat Major, D. 960 - I. Molto moderato
> Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-Flat Major, D. 960 - II. Andante sostenuto
> Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-Flat Major, D. 960 - III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza
> Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-Flat Major, D. 960 - IV. Allegro ma non troppo
> Nocturne No. 20 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. posth. - Nocturne No. 20 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. posth.

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/1, CT. 114
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Turning 90 in December 2013, Menahem Pressler was the pianist of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio for almost 55 years, and continues to enjoy a blossoming career as soloist and recitalist, while remaining committed to teaching. For the greater part of his life, Pressler has lived with the two great sonatas recorded here. As an epilogue to these two pillars of the piano literature, Pressler has chosen to play a particular favorite of his, Chopin's brief but exquisite Nocturne in C sharp minor, a work that he often performs at the end of his recitals.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013
He has always had an unmistakeable sound: sparkling, limpid and full of wit and wisdom. The good news is that it is still there; and though the fingers do not always move as smoothly as they once did, spending a lifetime with the piano masterpieces pays its own dividends.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England (02/2012-03/2012).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
  • Performer: Menahem Pressler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
  • Performer: Menahem Pressler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 45 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1828

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/1, CT. 114
  • Performer: Menahem Pressler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835