Started by George, July 21, 2007, 07:27:17 PM
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Quote from: Mark on July 22, 2007, 09:27:50 AMThis is George's specialism. One in which I expect Todd shares.
Quote from: aquariuswb on July 22, 2007, 09:22:29 AMThis is crazy... I certainly have my favorites for particular sonatas, but I definitely don't have 32 pianists in the Beethoven piano sonatas!
Quote from: George on July 21, 2007, 07:27:17 PMJust like the title says, if you could create a new box set of Beethoven's 32 sonatas by 32 different pianists, who would they be and which works would they play?(I will whittle this list down tomorrow, as I don't have time right now. It's a list I have been compiling of my favorites, in order, left to right. Fischer is Annie Fischer) Early1. 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, Nat4. Op 7 – Richter – Barenboim, Nat, Gulda, Kempff(m), Hungerford, Gilels, Backhaus, Goode5. Op 10/1 – Kovacevich – Fischer, Gulda, Gilels, Hungerford, Nat, Yudina, Kempff(m), Backhaus6. Op 10/2 – Kovacevich – Fischer, Backhaus, Hungerford, Gulda, Schnabel, Serkin, Kempff (m)7. Op 10/3 – Schnabel – Kovacevich, Gilels, Fischer, Richter, Kempff(m)/Backhaus /Gulda8. "Pathetique" Moravec–Serkin(m), Serkin(st), Fischer, Gilels, Nat, Kovacevich, Gulda, Backhaus, Schnabel 9. Op 14/1 – Gulda – Fischer, Backhaus, Gieseking, Kovacevich, Schnabel10. Op 14/2 – Barenboim – Richter, Gulda, Backhaus, Kempff(m), Goode11. Op 22 – Barenboim – Gulda, Serkin, Gilels, Kempff(m), Richter, Nat, Backhaus12. Op 26 – Richter – Barenboim, Yudina, Gilels, Gulda, Goode, Backhaus, Nat13. Op 27/1 – Fischer – Gilels, Gulda, Solomon, Schnabel, Hungerford, Serkin14. Op 27/2 – "Moonlight" Lupu/Fischer/Roberts – Gilels/Rubinstein/Serkin(m), Moravec, Gulda, Serkin (st), Solomon, Hungerford, Backhaus, Nat15. Op 28 – "Pastoral" Kovacevich – Gulda, Kempff(st), Schnabel Middle Period Sonatas16. Op 31/1 – Fischer – Gulda, Kempff(m), Gilels, Goode, Yudina, Roberts, Backhaus, Nat17. Op 31/2 – "Tempest" Fischer – Richter, Gilels, Gulda, Schnabel, Nat, Goode, Backhaus, Roberts, Haskil18. Op 31/3 – Fischer – Goode, Kovacevich(gpotc), Kempff(m), Backhaus, Haskil19. Op 49/1 – Gulda – Richter, Hungerford, Fischer, Schnabel, Barenboim 20. Op 49/2 – Gulda – Schnabel, Hungerford, Kempff(m), Goode, O'Conor, Backhaus, Nat21. Op 53 – "Waldstein" Serkin (m) - Fischer/Gilels, Horowitz, Schnabel, Backhaus, Nat, Gieseking, Kempff(m)22. Op 54 – Fischer – Richter, Solomon, Kempff(m), Yudina23. Op 57 – "Appassionata" Fischer – Arrau/Richter, Roberts, Goode, Horowitz, Serkin(m), Nat, Kempff(m)24. Op 78 – Barenboim/Kempff(m)/Serkin(m) – Schnabel, O'Conor25. Op 79 – Goode/Kempff(m) – Schnabel, Gilels, Barenboim, Gulda26. Op 81a – "Les Adieux" Gilels/Fischer – Barenboim/Moravec/Serkin (m), Roberts, Rubinstein, Schnabel, KovacevichLate Sonatas27. Op 90 – Fischer – Barenboim/Kempff(m)/Gilels, Gulda, Richter, Backhaus, Yudina28. Op 101 – Fischer – Kempff(st), Pollini, Yudina, Gilels, Barenboim 29. "Hammerklavier" Pollini – Gulda, Fischer, Solomon, Serkin, Yudina, Barenboim, Nat, Backhaus, Kempff(m), Gilels30. 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, Hungerford32. Op 111 – Yudina(studio) - Fischer/Kempff(st)/Gulda, Pollini/Barenboim/Richter/Schnabel/Serkin(st), Nat, Backhaus, Hungerford
Quote from: marvinbrown on July 23, 2007, 02:54:58 AM George, what can I say..you are a true Beethoven Specialist. I can not think of anybody on this forum that knows the Beethoven sonatas quite as well as you do. I have read your previous threads on the old GMG forum where you have compared all the various recordings of the sonatas ranking them according to ENJOYMENT (this is the sort of ranking method that we need more of on the GMG forum) I followed your advice and picked up the GULDA BOXSET last March....I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!!! marvin
Quote from: premont on July 22, 2007, 12:39:14 PMSo 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.
Quote from: val on July 23, 2007, 01:17:16 AMFor now my choice would be (but with some doubts):opus 2/1: Schnabel or Arrauopus 2/2: Arrau or Brendel (VOX)........opus 111: Gulda, Solomon
Quote from: aquariuswb on July 23, 2007, 07:54:24 AMGeorge, you really don't like Gieseking in Opp. 109 and 110, huh?
Quote from: George on July 22, 2007, 08:37:28 AMMiddle Period Sonatas...19. Op 49/1 – Gulda 20. Op 49/2 – O'Conor
Quote from: O Mensch on July 23, 2007, 08:28:44 AMIIRC, these two were written by Beethoven much earlier and only published fairly late. But stylistically they should be considered "early" sonatas. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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