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BEETHOVEN: Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 4 (Sonatas Nos. 12-15)

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Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26: I. Andante con variazioni
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Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26: II. Scherzo: Allegro molto
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Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26: III. Marcia funebre
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Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26: IV. Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat major, Op. 27, No. 1: I. Andante - Allegro -
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Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat major, Op. 27, No. 1: II. Allegro molto e vivace -
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Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat major, Op. 27, No. 1: III. Adagio con espressione -
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Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat major, Op. 27, No. 1: IV. Allegro vivace - Presto
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Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": I. Adagio sostenuto -
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Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": II. Allegretto
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Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": III. Presto agitato
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Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28, "Pastoral": I. Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28, "Pastoral": II. Andante
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Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28, "Pastoral": III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
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Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28, "Pastoral": IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo
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Ronald Brautigam, BEETHOVEN: Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 4 (Sonatas Nos. 12-15)
2007 | Label: BIS

Ronald Brautigam is one of Europe's greatest living pianists, so it's no surprise that he would take on some of the finest piano sonatas ever written. Credit BIS, then, for giving Brautigam the platform for this collection of Beethoven's work. This fourth volume includes Beethoven's most famous sonata (The 14th / “Moonlight Sonata”), but each and every work here is of note: the 12th's third movement was played at Beethoven's funeral, while the 15th shows… read more »

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Hooray! Fortepiano

Mikii1977

I completely agree with AlanO. Get these and the Paul Lewis cycle and you have the best of all possible worlds. Personally, I wouldn't want to be without either, and Brautigam's playing has a grace and clarity that more than compensates for the lighter sound of the fortepiano. By comparison, some modern piano versions of these works sound like someone trying to dance with wellies on.

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A breath of fresh air

AlanO

I've never heard the Beethoven piano sonatas played on a fortepiano before, but I think this cycle is wonderful. Ronald Brautigam gets far more out of the instrument than I thought possible. I'm not a purist and I love to hear music played on all sorts of instruments - be that original or modern - and I really don't understand people criticizing any particular instrumentation. Like kuniklo, I find this a revelation. Should people who want a modern piano interpretation go for Brendel, as SunCat suggests? Brendel is technically superb, but I think his Beethoven sonatas lack passion and fail to rouse the listener (they fail to rouse me, at least). The piano cycle for me is that of Paul Lewis (also here on eMusic). If you only want two Beethoven piano sonata cycles (and everyone, surely, wants at least two, don't they?), I'd say get the Brautigam and the Lewis.

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listen to beethoven, not suncat

kuniklo

SunCat seems to have taken the trouble to post negative reviews of all the fortepiano recordings on emusic. Unlike SunCat I'm finding these recordings to be a revelation, uncovering a side of Beethoven I'd never heard before in many, many modern piano recordings. Beethoven's art is certainly broad enough to support many different interpretations. The pleasures of these recordings are the rewards of an open mind.

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WARNING: Fortepiano

SunCat

If you already have three or four sets of these and you're about to run out of the month and need to download some from eMusic, then by all means get these. Recorded on a fortepiano, not a modern piano. So the tonal subtleties available on today's instruments are just plain not there. As far as the performances, probably about as good as they came in Beethoven's time. So I suspect these authentic renditions are interesting to musicolgists, music historians, and oh-so-knowledgeable critics everywhere. If you want to hear these masterpieces as LvB would have wanted to hear them if he could have, on a modern instrument with an artist's artist playing, get Brendel's.