lunedì 22 febbraio 2016

Ludwig van Beethoven - Works for solo piano

12 CD - MP3 192 Kbps - 12 RAR 1,29 Gb

The 32 Piano Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven are often referred to as the New Testament of the keyboard literature, following on the Old Testament of J.S. Bach's 48 preludes and fugues in the Well-Tempered Clavier. Composed over a period of almost three decades, from 1795 to 1822, the sonatas constitute a fascinating panorama of an artistic career which underwent numerous changes not to say upheavals but nevertheless remained remarkably consistent. Ever since the first recording of the entire cycle, by Artur Schnabel in the 1930s, a number of the world's leading pianists have given us their performances of this monumental collection on disc. One of the latest cycles is that of Ronald Brautigam, released on single discs between 2004 and 2010. Performed on the fortepiano, as part of a series of Beethoven's complete solo keyboard works, Brautigam's recordings have been described as riveting, compelling and revolutionary. The eight discs with the 32 sonatas are now being released as a boxed set, along with a ninth disc containing the early, unnumbered sonatas. Contributing factors to the refreshing directness that reviewers have experienced in these performances are the widely praised recorded sound and the carefully selected instruments, built by Paul McNulty after originals from 1788-1819 by the foremost Viennese makers of fortepianos.


CD 1

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op.13
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op.14 No.1
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op.14 No.2
Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major Op.22

CD 2

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op.2 No.2
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op.2 No.3
Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op.49 No.1

CD 3

Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op.7
Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op.10 No.1
Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op.10 No.2
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op.10 No.3

CD 4

Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major ('Funeral March'), Op.26
Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat major ('Quasi una fantasia'), Op.27 No.1
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ('Moonlight'), Op.27 No.2
Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major ('Pastoral'), Op.28

CD 5

Sonata No. 16 In G Major, Op.31 No.1
Sonata No. 17 In D Minor, 'Der Sturm', Op.31 No.2
Sonata No. 18 In E Flat Major, Op.31 No.3

CD 6

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op.53, "Waldstein"
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op.57, "Appassionata"
Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op.78
Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op.79

CD 7

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op.81a, “Das Lebewohl”
Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op.90 (1814)
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op.106, “Hammerklavier”

CD 8

Sonata No.28 in A major, Op.101
Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109
Sonata No.31 in A flat major, Op.110
Sonata No.32 in c minor, Op.111

CD 9

Piano Sonata in E flat major ('Kurfürstensonate'), WoO 47/1
Piano Sonata in F minor ('Kurfürstensonate'), WoO 47/2
Piano Sonata in D major ('Kurfürstensonate'), WoO 47/3
Sonatina for piano in F major, WoO 50 (2 movements)
Sonatina for piano in G major, Anh. 5/1 (attributed)
Piano Sonata in C major ('Eleonorem Sonate'), WoO 51 

CD 10

7 Bagatelles, Op. 33
Allegretto in C Minor, Hess 69
Bagatelle in C Major, Hess 73
Bagatelle in E-Flat Major, Hess 74
Allegretto in C Minor, WoO 53
Andante in C Major
Bagatelle in C Major, WoO 54, "Lustig-Traurig"
Allegretto in C Major, WoO 56
Presto in C Minor, WoO 52
11 Bagatelles, Op. 119
Bagatelle in A Minor, WoO 59, "Fur Elise"
Bagatelle in B-Flat Major, WoO 60
Allegretto in B Minor, WoO 61
Allegretto quasi andante in G Minor, WoO 61a
Bagatelle in C Major, Hess 57
6 Bagatelles, Op. 126

CD 11
12 Variations on a Russian Dance from Wranitzky's Das Waldmadchen, WoO 71
8 Variations in C Major on the Romance Un fievre brulante from Gretry's Richard Coeur-de-lion, WoO 72
10 Variations on the Duet La stessa, le stessissima from Salieri's Falstaff in B-Flat Major, WoO 73
7 Variations in F Major on the Quartet Kind, willst du ruhig schlafen from Winter's Das unterbrochene Opferfest, WoO 75
8 Variations on the Trio Tandeln und Scherzen from Sussmayr's Solimann der Zweite in F Major, WoO 76
6 Variations in G Major on an Original Theme, WoO 77
15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E-Flat Major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations"

CD 12

9 Variations on a March by Dressler, WoO 63
6 Variations on a Swiss Song, WoO 64
24 Variations in D Major on Righini's Arietta Venni amore, WoO 65
13 Variations on the Arietta Es war einmal ein alter Mann from Dittersdorf's Das rothe Kappchen, WoO 66
12 Variations on the Menuet a la Vigano from Haibel's Le nozze disturbate, WoO 68
9 Variations in A Major on the Aria Quant' e piu bello from Paisiello's La molinara, WoO 69
6 Variations in G Major on the Duet Nel cor piu non mi sento from La molinara, WoO 70

Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano