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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3980 on: April 09, 2018, 03:09:37 AM »
This performance can be heard on Spotify.
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« Reply #3981 on: April 09, 2018, 04:24:20 AM »
This performance can be heard on Spotify.

In my country (and probably many others) Spotify is unavailable.
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« Reply #3982 on: April 09, 2018, 08:22:02 AM »
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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3983 on: April 09, 2018, 12:55:19 PM »
Premont, are you really sure?

https://support.spotify.com/us/using_spotify/the_basics/full-list-of-territories-where-spotify-is-available/

I registered at Spotify some months ago and got the message, that Spotify was not available in my country, but Spotify would notify me when (or maybe if) it became available. This is what I know. I attempted to listen to or purchase a recording and got the same result.
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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3984 on: April 09, 2018, 08:53:37 PM »
I registered at Spotify some months ago and got the message, that Spotify was not available in my country, but Spotify would notify me when (or maybe if) it became available. This is what I know. I attempted to listen to or purchase a recording and got the same result.

Very strange indeed.

https://www.spotify.com/dk/

https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/1163725/spotify-launches-in-denmark-its-ninth-country

(Apologies to the Beethoven fans for getting off-topic.)
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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3985 on: April 13, 2018, 04:59:10 AM »
I have listened to a few volumes of Llyr Williams' new cycle while my ISP refuses to let me see GMG. Honestly, despite high expectations - producer Judith Sherman is a reliable marker of high quality - I am not sure I will be continuing. Williams is certainly a fine pianist, but his main interpretive trait is to play slowly, as if exercising caution. Probably most of his tempos are similar to Gilels, but without the romantic warmth. I am awfully fond of the Eroica Variations, for example, and wish more pianists would include it in their sonata cycles, but at about 11:45 in this performance I thought, "Wow, this piece is super long, huh?" It's interesting to hear even very classical works like Op. 79 getting the same treatment (slow movement there is quite distinctive) but then the pieces which sit right on the stylistic fault line that runs through Beethoven from roughly Op. 22-31 are a problem, because you can't hear that duality. They're a wee bit tame.

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« Reply #3986 on: April 13, 2018, 04:24:21 PM »
I have listened to a few volumes of Llyr Williams' new cycle while my ISP refuses to let me see GMG. Honestly, despite high expectations - producer Judith Sherman is a reliable marker of high quality - I am not sure I will be continuing. Williams is certainly a fine pianist, but his main interpretive trait is to play slowly, as if exercising caution. Probably most of his tempos are similar to Gilels, but without the romantic warmth. I am awfully fond of the Eroica Variations, for example, and wish more pianists would include it in their sonata cycles, but at about 11:45 in this performance I thought, "Wow, this piece is super long, huh?" It's interesting to hear even very classical works like Op. 79 getting the same treatment (slow movement there is quite distinctive) but then the pieces which sit right on the stylistic fault line that runs through Beethoven from roughly Op. 22-31 are a problem, because you can't hear that duality. They're a wee bit tame.

Thanks. You make me feel better about not ordering it. Arkivmusic is highlighting it for their sale this week.

Niw, let's see if my ISP lets me post this....

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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3987 on: April 14, 2018, 11:58:22 AM »



While listening to Georg Friedrich Schenck's speedy and energetic 2/3 & 106 disc from 2000 on Piano Classics, I read in the liner notes that the pianist recorded the complete cycle in 1987/88.  I've not found the complete set, but I did find this disc.  There could be another OOP set out there just begging to be hunted down.
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« Reply #3988 on: April 14, 2018, 12:05:39 PM »



While listening to Georg Friedrich Schenck's speedy and energetic 2/3 & 106 disc from 2000 on Piano Classics, I read in the liner notes that the pianist recorded the complete cycle in 1987/88.  I've not found the complete set, but I did find this disc.  There could be another OOP set out there just begging to be hunted down.

Woha! Todd is like a truffle pig of Beethoven sonata cycles.  ;D

Meanwhile, I've added the Martin Roscoe cycle to the LvB Sonata Cycle Survey. Finished but not yet completely released:




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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3989 on: April 21, 2018, 10:37:09 PM »
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/YlFSpKoEqNY" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/YlFSpKoEqNY</a>

Krystian Zimerman OP 110 USA 2003. A really tender interpretation.
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« Reply #3990 on: May 19, 2018, 04:44:45 AM »
Jingge Yan appears to be in the midst of recording a cycle.  He may even have finished one.  The three disc third volume of his cycle is slated for release next month.  The only problem for me is that I've never seen volumes one or two before. 
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« Reply #3991 on: May 19, 2018, 06:48:08 AM »
Jingge Yan appears to be in the midst of recording a cycle.  He may even have finished one.  The three disc third volume of his cycle is slated for release next month.  The only problem for me is that I've never seen volumes one or two before.

Volumes 4 & 5 to appear next spring. Don't know about v.1 & 2, either... perhaps recorded for a different, defunct label and to be added at the end (or re-recorded)? I'll find out and have an answer soon.

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« Reply #3992 on: June 06, 2018, 04:14:33 AM »
Hungaraton have put Annie Fischer's complete cycle back in print. Just noticed it when I was going through ImportCDs.

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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3993 on: June 06, 2018, 01:30:41 PM »
Hungaraton have put Annie Fischer's complete cycle back in print. Just noticed it when I was going through ImportCDs.

It's actually been back in print since 2013/2014: https://www.amazon.com/Ludwig-van-Beethoven-Complete-Sonatas/dp/B06Y3Q78LL/ref=ice_ac_b_dpb?ie=UTF8&qid=1528324138&sr=8-1&keywords=annie+fischer+beethoven+sonatas
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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3994 on: June 06, 2018, 02:38:00 PM »
Still idiotically expensive.

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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3995 on: June 06, 2018, 10:27:26 PM »
Jingge Yan Situation:

Volume 3 has been released now:

Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonatas Vol. III, CD 6 - 8 - each disc with a title, of course, and they include these sonatas:

CD 6 – Affetuoso Sonaten op. 49 Nr. 1 + Nr. 2, op. 7, op. 78, op. 79
CD 7 – The Furious Giant Sonaten op. 90, op. 101, op. 106
CD 8 – Eternal Transcendence Sonaten op. 109, op. 110, op. 111

Volume II, containing CDs 4 & 5, will be released this Fall and Vol. I, containing CDs 1-3, in Spring of 2019.

It may not be released in the US yet, but presumably will be, before long.




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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3997 on: June 16, 2018, 02:26:46 PM »



Finished a first go-round of Llŷr Williams' cycle.  Two words best sum it up: too polite.  I may scribble more detail after a second listen, but it took me an uncommonly long time to work my way through the set, so I have my doubts.  Williams is at his relative best in the sets of variations and Op 77, with the Diabelli's on the lyrical side, though nowhere near the best.  In the sonatas, 31/1 and 53 are quite good, and some of the early sonatas are nice.  Overall, fourth tier for me after first listen.  It's hard to imagnine it faring better over time, but maybe.
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