Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Artist: Alfred Brendel (piano)

For many collectors in the 1960s, the budget priced Vox Turnabout LPs of the Beethoven Sonatas and Concertos were a revelation, and introduced an amazing young talent to the public.

Alfred Brendel was born in 1931 in Wiesenberg, and won the Concorso Busoni in 1949. He studied with Edwin Fischer, Paul Baumgartner and Edward Steuermann. The Vox Beethoven recordings won the Grand Prix du Disque in 1965, and were praised by critics world-wide.

These early recordings illustrate clearly all the characteristics that would become a hallmark of Brendel’s playing. A refusal to fall back on ‘flashy’ bravura, and the intellectual rigour he brings to the Beethoven sonatas marked him out even in these early recordings as one of the very great pianists of the 20th century. Brendel retired from the musical scene in 2009 at the height of his powers, leaving a recorded legacy without parallel in the music of Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert.

Compositor: Ludwig van Beethoven
Artista: Alfred Brendel (piano)

Para muitos colecionadores na década de 1960, os LPs Vox Turnabout com preço acessível das Sonatas e Concertos de Beethoven foram uma revelação e apresentaram um jovem talento incrível ao público.

Alfred Brendel nasceu em 1931 em Wiesenberg e ganhou o Concorso Busoni em 1949. Estudou com Edwin Fischer, Paul Baumgartner e Edward Steuermann. As gravações de Vox Beethoven ganharam o Grand Prix du Disque em 1965, e foram elogiadas pela crítica mundial.

Essas primeiras gravações ilustram claramente todas as características que se tornariam uma marca registrada da forma de tocar de Brendel. A recusa em recorrer à bravura ‘chamativa’ e o rigor intelectual que ele traz para as sonatas de Beethoven o marcaram mesmo nessas primeiras gravações como um dos grandes pianistas do século XX. Brendel se aposentou da cena musical em 2009 no auge de seus poderes, deixando um legado gravado sem paralelo na música de Beethoven, Mozart e Schubert.

Tracklist can be found here!

00:00:00 Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat Op.106 ‘Hammerklavier’ I. Allegro 00:11:09 Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat Op.106 ‘Hammerklavier’ II. Scherzo: Assai vivace 00:13:47 Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat Op.106 ‘Hammerklavier’ III. Adagio sostenuto 00:30:38 Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat Op.106 ‘Hammerklavier’ IV. Largo – Allegro risoluto 00:43:18 Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor Op.111 I. Maestoso – Allegro con brio e appassionato 00:51:51 Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor Op.111 Arietta: Adagio molto, semplice e cantabile

01:07:39 Piano Sonata No.28 in A Op.101 I. Allegretto ma non troppo 01:10:57 Piano Sonata No.28 in A Op.101 II. Vivace alla marcia 01:17:15 Piano Sonata No.28 in A Op.101 III. Adagio ma non troppo con affetto – Presto 01:27:19 Piano Sonata No.30 in E Op.109 I. Vivace ma non troppo – Adagio espressivo 01:30:40 Piano Sonata No.30 in E Op.109 II. Prestissimo 01:33:06 Piano Sonata No.30 in E Op.109 III. Tema con variazioni 01:44:46 Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat Op.110 I. Moderato cantabile, molto espressivo 01:50:17 Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat Op.110 II. Allegro molto – III. Adagio ma non troppo – 01:56:13 Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat Op.110 Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo 02:02:52 Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor Op.90 I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck 02:08:21 Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor Op.90 II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen

02:16:00 Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57 ‘Appassionata’ I. Allegro assai 02:25:42 Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57 ‘Appassionata’ II. Andante con moto 02:31:57 Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57 ‘Appassionata’ III. Allegro ma non troppo 02:40:06 Piano Sonata No.22 in F Op.54 I. In tempo d’un menuetto 02:45:53 Piano Sonata No.22 in F Op.54 II. Allegretto 02:52:09 Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat Op.81a ‘Les Adieux’ I. Les Adieux: Adagio – Allegro 02:58:23 Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat Op.81a ‘Les Adieux’ II. L’Absence: Andante espressivo

03:01:33 Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat Op.81a ‘Les Adieux’ III. Le Retour: Vivacissimamente 03:07:10 Piano Sonata No.16 in G Op.31 No.1 I. Allegro vivace 03:13:36 Piano Sonata No.16 in G Op.31 No.1 II. Adagio grazioso 03:23:29 Piano Sonata No.16 in G Op.31 No.1 III. Rondo: Allegretto 03:29:50 Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor Op.31 No.2 ‘Tempest’ I. Largo – Allegro – Adagio 03:37:37 Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor Op.31 No.2 ‘Tempest’ II. Adagio 03:45:23 Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor Op.31 No.2 ‘Tempest’ III. Allegretto 03:51:16 Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat Op.31 No.3 I. Allegro 03:59:24 Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat Op.31 No.3 II. Scherzo: Allegretto vivace 04:04:17 Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat Op.31 No.3 III. Menuetto: Moderato e grazioso 04:07:53 Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat Op.31 No.3 IV. Presto con fuoco 04:12:50 Piano Sonata No.21 in C Op.53 ‘Waldstein’ I. Allegro con brio 04:24:00 Piano Sonata No.21 in C Op.53 ‘Waldstein’ II. Introduzione: Adagio molto 04:27:44 Piano Sonata No.21 in C Op.53 ‘Waldstein’ III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato – Prestissimo 04:37:34 Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor Op.49 No.1 I. Andante 04:41:31 Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor Op.49 No.1 II. Rondo: Allegro

04:45:11 Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor Op.2 No.1 I. Allegro 04:49:17 Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor Op.2 No.1 II. Adagio 04:53:30 Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor Op.2 No.1 III. Menuetto: Allegretto – Trio 04:57:00 Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor Op.2 No.1 IV. Prestissimo 05:02:21 Piano Sonata No.25 IN G Op.79 I. Presto alla tedesca 05:07:20 Piano Sonata No.25 IN G Op.79 II. Andante 05:09:20 Piano Sonata No.25 IN G Op.79 III. Vivace 05:11:52 Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor Op.10 No.1 I. Allegro molto e con brio 05:18:00 Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor Op.10 No.1 II. Adagio molto 05:26:38 Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor Op.10 No.1 III. Finale: Prestissimo 05:30:46 Piano Sonata No.6 in F Op.10 No.2 I. Allegro 05:36:08 Piano Sonata No.6 in F Op.10 No.2 II. Allegretto 05:40:29 Piano Sonata No.6 in F Op.10 No.2 III. Presto 05:44:46 Piano Sonata No.9 in E Op.14 No.1 I. Allegro 05:51:47 Piano Sonata No.9 in E Op.14 No.1 II. Allegretto 05:55:20 Piano Sonata No.9 in E Op.14 No.1 III. Rondo: Allegro comodo

05:58:34 Piano Sonata No.10 in G Op.14 No.2 I. Allegro 06:05:42 Piano Sonata No.10 in G Op.14 No.2 II. Andante 06:09:22 Piano Sonata No.10 in G Op.14 No.2 III. Scherzo: Allegro assai 06:13:09 Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat Op.27 No.1 I. Andante – Allegro – Andante 06:17:36 Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat Op.27 No.1 II. Allegro molto e vivace 06:19:37 Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat Op.27 No.1 III. Adagio con espressione 06:22:49 Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat Op.27 No.1 IV. Finale: Allegro vivace 06:28:46 Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor Op.27 No.2 ‘Moonlight’ I. Adagio sostenuto 06:34:57 Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor Op.27 No.2 ‘Moonlight’ II. Allegretto 06:37:16 Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor Op.27 No.2 ‘Moonlight’ III. Presto agitato 06:45:03 Piano Sonata No.15 in D Op.28 ‘Pastoral’ I. Allegro 06:54:58 Piano Sonata No.15 in D Op.28 ‘Pastoral’ II. Andante 07:02:29 Piano Sonata No.15 in D Op.28 ‘Pastoral’ III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace – Trio – IV Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

07:09:55 Piano Sonata No.7 in D Op.10 No.3 I. Presto 07:16:46 Piano Sonata No.7 in D Op.10 No.3 II. Largo e mesto 07:26:56 Piano Sonata No.7 in D Op.10 No.3 III. Menuetto: Allegro 07:29:48 Piano Sonata No.7 in D Op.10 No.3 IV. Rondo: Allegro 07:33:38 Piano Sonata No.2 in A Op.2 No.2 I. Allegro vivace 07:40:44 Piano Sonata No.2 in A Op.2 No.2 II. Largo appassionato 07:47:18 Piano Sonata No.2 in A Op.2 No.2 III. Scherzo: Allegretto – Trio 07:50:47 Piano Sonata No.2 in A Op.2 No.2 IV. Rondo: Grazioso 07:57:31 Piano Sonata No.3 in C Op.2 No.3 I. Allegro con brio 08:08:00 Piano Sonata No.3 in C Op.2 No.3 II. Adagio 08:15:51 Piano Sonata No.3 in C Op.2 No.3 III. Scherzo: Allegro – Trio 08:19:11 Piano Sonata No.3 in C Op.2 No.3 IV. Allegro assai 08:24:42 Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor Op.13 ‘Pathétique’ I. Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio 08:33:50 Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor Op.13 ‘Pathétique’ II. Adagio cantabile 08:39:34 Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor Op.13 ‘Pathétique’ III. Rondo: Allegro 08:44:00 Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat Op.22 I. Allegro con brio 08:51:53 Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat Op.22 II. Adagio con molto espressione 08:58:31 Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat Op.22 III. Menuetto 09:02:09 Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat Op.22 IV. Rondo: Allegretto 09:08:47 Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat Op.26 ‘Funeral March’ I. Andante con variazioni 09:16:40 Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat Op.26 ‘Funeral March’ II. Scherzo: Allegro molto – Trio 09:19:38 Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat Op.26 ‘Funeral March’ III. Maestoso andante ‘Marcia funebre sulla morte d’une Eroe’ 09:25:18 Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat Op.26 ‘Funeral March’ IV. Allegro 09:28:31 Piano Sonata No.24 in F sharp Op.78 I. Adagio cantabile – Allegro ma non troppo 09:35:33 Piano Sonata No.24 in F sharp Op.78 II. Allegro vivace

09:38:17 Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat Op.7 I. Allegro molto e con brio 09:46:28 Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat Op.7 II. Largo con gran espressione 09:54:48 Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat Op.7 III. Allegro 09:59:54 Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat Op.7 IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso 10:07:17 Piano Sonata No.20 in G Op.49 No.2 I. Allegro ma non troppo 10:11:48 Piano Sonata No.20 in G Op.49 No.2 II. Tempo di menuetto

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