[ ECM / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Friday 9 November 2007
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"The remarkable timbral distinctions (Schiff) obtains from his Steinway, fastidious execution of turns and other ornaments, plus painstakingly differentiated accents, articulation marks and dynamics. Sometimes his compulsive detailing casts a fresh light on familiar territory; other times it yields arch and affected results."
"András Schiff leads the pack of top pianists recording Beethoven sonatas. His touch with these middle-period works is revelatory…" (The Independent)
Volume V of András Schiff's highly-acclaimed Beethoven cycle in chronological order includes four masterworks from the so called "middle" period on two CDs: The three sonatas of opus 31, written in 1801-02 shortly before the Eroica symphony, display varied characters, the first one being humorous and the second more dramatic, whereas the third sonata is tender and lyrical in the two initial, exuberant in the last two movements. The famous "Waldstein" sonata is a virtuosic highlight of Beethoven's complete oeuvre with most extraordinary sonic inventions which betray an almost symphonic ambition.
Sonata No. 16 G major op. 31/1
Sonata No. 17 d minor op. 31/2
Sonata No. 18 E-flat major op. 31/3
Sonata No. 21 C major op. 53 (1803/4)
Andante favori F major WoO 57 (1803)