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Thread Tools Show Printable Version. Best Hammerklavier? This is a question I have not found any good answer to yet I even have visions of unknown pianists I've seen perform it to other well-known and legendary names.
I like different versions for different reasons and the best for me at this point is a mix of a bunch of different versions. Like KV, I can't comment on the best.
But as far as personally, I prefer Rudolph Serkin. The adagio sounds like the gradual breaking of a stiff upper lip. Highwayman liked this post. Originally Posted by Manxfeeder. Last edited by Ukko; Nov at I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people don't like me anyway. I have no idea, since I don't usually stay focused during it, for whatever reason s. At the moment, I only have Pollini's. I would like to hear Gulda's.
Cutner to me. I like Rudolf Serkin. It's an epic and deep performance. The recording is somewhat dated. For a modern recording, I like Uchida.
Uchida exhibits exceptional mastery of voicing and shading, and has technique to spare in the fugue. Although he never recorded it, I understand that Lazar Berman's was amazingly powerful. I don't know if it's "the best," whatever that actually means, but I certainly like the new one from Vestard Shimkus that arrived today.
He displays enormous virtuosity as well as passion and imagination. Stunning multi-channel SACD sound, too. He's also quite a composer: the opening piece is his own "EU Variations"--variations on the theme from Beethoven's 9th Symphony--even Volodos would be proud!Discover the best recordings of Beethoven's incredible piano sonatas on CD - click on the links to preview and buy them.
Ravishing, Alfred Brendel suggests, because the left and right hands are so far apart, perhaps an act of desperation by Beethoven to try to create chords he could still hear, even distantly. Equally, just because there is special substance to these final sonatas, this does not diminish the great middle- period ones like the Waldstein, and the gloriously turbulent Appassionata.The FASTEST Beethoven Hammerklavier Sonata on the Planet is NOT Fast Enough
The good news for CD collectors is that all the complete sets available are excellent, without a single dud, and most are attractively priced. The bad news is that no single pianist holds the key to these great but often elusive works, or rather can convey every facet of these complex masterpieces.
Similarly, the many live recordings of Sviatoslav Richter repay attention. Now to the complete sets. This is our top recommendation. Two historical cycles are also must-haves. Artur Schnabel blazed a trail when recording them all in the s.
His set is one of the great milestones in the history of recorded sound, and can be purchased either as an EMI box, or separately, well transferred, on Naxos. The sound is astonishingly good, and the performances full of wisdom. Discover Music. See more Beethoven Pictures. See more Beethoven Album Reviews. See more Beethoven Guides. Beethoven Piano Sonatas: a buyer's guide. Beethoven News See more Beethoven News. Beethoven Music See more Beethoven Music. Beethoven Pictures See more Beethoven Pictures.Forum Rules.
Remember Me? What's New? Last Jump to page: Results 1 to 15 of Thread Tools Show Printable Version. Beethoven's Piano Sonatas the Best of the Best I've had a complete set of recordings of the sonatas for a long time now which I'm pleased withand occasionally I like to dip into portions of other artists' recordings of these sonatas just for the fresh perspective. However, in this instance, I want to banish my obsessive need to have every sonata in my collection played by one individual, because I know that - especially in complete sets - even the greatest names have hits and misses.
So, in my quest to find the best performer for each individual sonata, I want to open up this question to all of you: even if you might prefer the complete set from someone else, who's done the best Waldstein?
The best Hammerklavier? And all the rest! In your opinion of course. Originally Posted by Polednice. I like Schnabel one of the top five recorded pianists, in my opinion. His recordings of the earlier sonatas are his best. He's got a reputation for hitting wrong notes in the more difficult works; but Arrau said he never heard him play a wrong note in concert, so it must have just been recording nerves.
Solomon Cutner is probably the most underrated Beethoven interpreter, and one of the most underrated pianists in general. We English should be more patriotic about him: he's practically all we've got. I love Sviatoslav Richter, and I think he was an excellent Beethoven interpreter better than Gilels, even.
All of his recordings are worth listening to, not least his Op. I don't agree that Gould's Hammerklavier is the best, but it's the most insightful.
Bix liked this post. Schiff's setting of the No. When Schiff does this it makes a great deal of sense and adds a whole extra dimension and pacing to the movement. I don't know if others do this, but I had never heard it that way until Schiff. Schiff 's new cycle is very good, as is Ohlsson 's recently completed cycle.This page lists all recordings of Piano Sonata No. This item is currently out of stock at the UK distributor. You may order it now but please be aware that it may be six weeks or more before it can be despatched.
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Murray Perahia piano. The pulse of the Scherzo is rigorously even, but it has explosive energy; the sheer precisions of the articulation in the finale is a pleasure, as he takes us boldly through its labyrinth of Add download to basket.
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Read more here.No composer changed the symphony more radically than Beethoven. Whilst his First pays its respects to the 18th-century classical tradition of Haydn and Mozarteach of the eight successive symphonies follows a unique trajectory heralding a new era: composers were no longer subservient to their court patrons and could assert their right to individual expression.
From the moment these works entered the repertory, conductors viewed the performance of a Beethoven cycle as a litmus test of their achievements. This dichotomy is mirrored in current approaches with opposed views of the music emanating from Riccardo Chailly on one hand and Christian Thielemann on the other.
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With works of such contrasting character and such an extended recording history, suggesting a cycle that is recommendable on all accounts becomes almost impossible. At the same time, in comparing currently available cycles on a symphony-by-symphony basis and in a highly competitive market, it becomes evident that some cycles achieve a greater level of consistency than others.
Captured in superb sound by Decca, these are highly-charged volatile performances, owing much of their clarity and precision to recent approaches by period instrument ensembles and played here with breathtaking brilliance by one of the finest orchestras in the world. But these seem minor flaws given the engrossing nature of the set as whole.
No interpreter, even modern-day admirers such as Daniel Barenboim and Thielemann, come close to projecting the transformation from minor to major at the outset of the Finale of the Fifth with the same awesome impact. Any suggestion, however, that a resort to earlier notions of performance practice results in interpretations that are dry and inflexible is way off the mark, for the approaches are just as varied as on modern instruments.
Second, he has established a sense of partnership with a first-rate orchestra and secures urgent and incisive playing. But the set is a superb achievement, illustrating the point that great Beethoven performances are not the exclusive province of the central European orchestral tradition. Although Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra gave compelling performances at the Proms, this set does not quite ignite the same spark as those concerts.
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How to watch concerts from home: the concerts and operas available to stream online during the coronavirus pandemic. Mozart Piano Concertos The best recordings. Beethoven: A guide to his symphonies.In its sheer scale, density of thought and technical requirements, the Hammerklavier presents a more severe test of a pianist's capabilities than any other of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas.
The trio of sonatas that followed it - Opand - may be more elusive and require a very special musical eloquence to illuminate all their facets, but Opcomposed in andtests every aspect of a pianist's art, almost to the point of destruction.
If the last three sonatas are about reflection and the different kinds of poetic resolution a composer can achieve, this work deals unashamedly in confrontation, generating tensions that can't be resolved in any other way than in the gigantic explosion of the final fugue, whose deliberately clashing sonorities and raw-edged piano sound create a music that it is impossible to prettify.
Yet the great slow movement, with its arching melodic lines and bewitching harmonic shifts, demands a different kind of authority altogether; and it's the fusion of these two worlds in the sonata that is unique even in late Beethoven. The work has inevitably tempted almost all the significant pianists of the last years, yet even some of the greatest fail to bring it off triumphantly; Artur Schnabel, for instance, whose reputation rests, in large part, upon his recordings of the Beethoven sonatas, is not at his most convincing in the Hammerklavier EMIwhere the sheer difficulties of the piano writing seem to destroy his poise.
Of all the more or less "historic" versions, the one by Solomon EMI recorded incomes closest to the ideal, centered upon the most moving account of the slow movement yet put on disc, and with sound that has come up miraculously well in its CD transfer.
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I would be more than happy to live with that version to the exclusion of all others, but there are a number of more modern versions that match its profoundity and have a marginally better piano sound, with a list of contenders that includes many of the supreme keyboard artists of our time - Svitatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Alfred Brendel, Maruzio Pollini, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Arrau and Richard Goode.
For my taste, it comes down to a close call between the first three of those: both the Richter Praga and the Brendel Philips, the last of his three recordings are live accounts, full of unrepeatable insights, but Gilels's studio version from has a considered majesty and presence that outshines all rivals, even if the recording does not quite do full justice to his glowing piano sound. Piano Sonata in B flat Op In its sheer scale, density of thought and technical requirements, the Hammerklavier presents a more severe test of a pianist's capabilities than any other of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas.
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