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George:

Originally, I had the idea of starting a thread about creating a new box set of Beethoven's 32 sonatas by 32 different pianists.

I posted a list of my favorites in each (below) and tried to whittle it down unsuccessfully.

I decided it was too narrow a topic, so I have changed the topic to simply be "Beethoven's 32 Sonatas" so that we can have a thread to discuss anything in regards to these incredible works. Feel free to post reviews, your favorites, questions, etc.  :)


 Early

1. Op 2/1 – Fischer/Schnabel --- Gulda, Kovacevich, Backhaus, Barenboim, Nat, Serkin

2. Op 2/2 – Fischer/Schnabel/Hungerford – Casadesus, Gulda, Gilels, Barenboim, Backhaus, Nat

3. Op 2/3 – Gulda – Gilels, Kempff(m), Backhaus, Barenboim, Solomon(Pearl) Kovacevich, Solomon, Nat

4. Op 7 – Richter – Barenboim, Nat, Gulda, Kempff(m), Hungerford, Gilels, Backhaus, Goode

5. Op 10/1 – Kovacevich – Fischer, Gulda, Gilels, Hungerford, Nat, Yudina, Kempff(m), Backhaus

6. Op 10/2 – Kovacevich – Fischer, Backhaus, Hungerford, Gulda, Schnabel, Serkin, Kempff (m)

7. Op 10/3 – Schnabel – Kovacevich, Gilels, Fischer, Richter, Kempff(m)/Backhaus /Gulda

8. “Pathetique”  Moravec–Serkin(m), Serkin(st),  Fischer,  Gilels,  Nat, Kovacevich, Gulda, Backhaus, Schnabel

9. Op 14/1 – Gulda – Fischer,  Backhaus,  Gieseking,  Kovacevich,  Schnabel

10. Op 14/2 – Barenboim – Richter,  Gulda,  Backhaus,  Kempff(m),  Goode

11. Op 22 – Barenboim – Gulda, Serkin, Gilels, Kempff(m), Richter, Nat, Backhaus

12. Op 26 – Richter – Barenboim, Yudina, Gilels,  Gulda,  Goode,  Backhaus, Nat

13. Op 27/1 – Fischer – Gilels, Gulda, Solomon, Schnabel, Hungerford, Serkin

14. Op 27/2 – “Moonlight” Lupu/Fischer/Roberts – Gilels/Rubinstein/Serkin(m),  Moravec, Gulda, Serkin (st), Solomon, Hungerford, Backhaus, Nat

15. Op 28 – “Pastoral”  Kovacevich – Gulda,  Kempff(st),  Schnabel


   
Middle Period Sonatas

16. Op 31/1 – Fischer – Gulda,  Kempff(m),  Gilels,  Goode,  Yudina, Roberts, Backhaus, Nat

17. Op 31/2 – “Tempest”   Fischer – Richter,  Gilels,  Gulda,  Schnabel,  Nat, Goode,  Backhaus,  Roberts,  Haskil

18. Op 31/3 – Fischer – Goode,  Kovacevich(gpotc),  Kempff(m),  Backhaus,  Haskil

19. Op 49/1 – Gulda – Richter,  Hungerford,  Fischer,  Schnabel,  Barenboim 

20. Op 49/2 – Gulda – Schnabel,  Hungerford,  Kempff(m),  Goode,  O’Conor,  Backhaus, Nat

21. Op 53 – “Waldstein” Serkin (m) - Fischer/Gilels, Horowitz, Schnabel, Backhaus, Nat, Gieseking,  Kempff(m)

22. Op 54 – Fischer – Richter, Solomon, Kempff(m), Yudina

23. Op 57 – “Appassionata” Fischer – Arrau/Richter, Roberts, Goode, Horowitz, Serkin(m), Nat, Kempff(m)

24. Op 78 – Barenboim/Kempff(m)/Serkin(m) – Schnabel, O’Conor

25. Op 79 – Goode/Kempff(m) – Schnabel,  Gilels,  Barenboim,  Gulda

26. Op 81a – “Les Adieux” Gilels/Fischer – Barenboim/Moravec/Serkin (m), Roberts, Rubinstein, Schnabel, Kovacevich



Late Sonatas

27. Op 90 – Fischer – Barenboim/Kempff(m)/Gilels,  Gulda,  Richter, Backhaus, Yudina

28. Op 101 – Fischer – Kempff(st),  Pollini,  Yudina, Gilels,  Barenboim   

29. “Hammerklavier”   Pollini – Gulda, Fischer, Solomon, Serkin, Yudina, Barenboim, Nat, Backhaus, Kempff(m), Gilels

30. Op 109 – Fischer/Pollini/Serkin(m) – Gulda, Schnabel, Barenboim, Richter, Backhaus, Serkin(st), Gilels, Nat, Kempff(m)

31. Op 110 – Serkin(st,1960) - Fischer/Kempff(st)/Gilels/Roberts , Pollini,  Nat, Schnabel,  Barenboim,  Richter,  Backhaus, Hungerford

32. Op 111 – Yudina(studio) - Fischer/Kempff(st)/Gulda,  Pollini/Barenboim/Richter/Schnabel/Serkin(st), Nat, Backhaus, Hungerford



 

George:
If I were to try and choose a different pianist for each of the 32, this is what I would come up with (I know, I cheated a bit, Schnabel, Serkin, Kovacevich and Kempff were used twice. To be fair, only the Schnabel was from the same set, as the other three were from different labels/times. Also, these duplicates appear in different periods as well.):


 Early Sonatas

1. Op 2/1 – Schnabel

2. Op 2/2 – Hungerford 

3. Op 2/3 – Solomon (Pearl)

4. Op 7 – Nat

5. Op 10/1 – Kovacevich

6. Op 10/2 – Backhaus

7. Op 10/3 – Gilels

8. “Pathetique”  Moravec

9. Op 14/1 – Gieseking

10. Op 14/2 – Barenboim

11. Op 22 – Serkin

12. Op 26 – Richter

13. Op 27/1 –Solomon

14. Op 27/2 – “Moonlight” - Lupu

15. Op 28 – “Pastoral” - Kempff(st)


   
Middle Period Sonatas

16. Op 31/1 – Goode

17. Op 31/2 – Haskil

18. Op 31/3 – Kovacevich(Philips)

19. Op 49/1 – Gulda

20. Op 49/2 – O’Conor

21. Op 53 – “Waldstein” - Horowitz (Sony)

22. Op 54 – Fischer

23. Op 57 – “Appassionata” – Arrau

24. Op 78 – Barenboim

25. Op 79 – Schnabel

26. Op 81a – “Les Adieux” - Roberts



Late Sonatas

27. Op 90 – Kempff(m)

28. Op 101 – Yudina

29. “Hammerklavier”   Pollini

30. Op 109 – Grimaud (live)

31. Op 110 – Serkin(st,1960)

32. Op 111 – Badura-Skoda (Live)



 

aquablob:
This is crazy... I certainly have my favorites for particular sonatas, but I definitely don't have 32 pianists in the Beethoven piano sonatas!

Mark:
This is George's specialism. One in which I expect Todd shares. ;)

Bit like me with Rachmaninov's All-night Vigil: if I so desired, I could choose a different performance for each of the 15 parts. And still have four performances left untouched. ;D

(: premont :):

--- Quote from: Mark on July 22, 2007, 08:27:50 AM ---This is George's specialism. One in which I expect Todd shares. ;)

--- End quote ---

So do I, but I find it very difficult - not to say impossible, to name a single favorite in each Sonata. The truth is rarely unambiguous. On the contrary I enjoy all these different interpretations, which throw light upon each other.

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