[ Sony Classical / 5 CD Box Set ]
Release Date: Saturday 8 October 2016
Murray Perahia's interpretations of Beethoven sonatas, collected in a new 5-CD box set, have been compared to "viewing a famous painting after it's been cleaned and restored" (ClassicsToday.com). Gramophone's reviewer found them "stimulating and fresh … the sense of an invigorating energy being released in the act of performance comes across strongly; & I'm sure Beethoven would have loved it … It's all done with such ease & naturalness of expression." Penguin Guide wrote that "Perahia is as authoritative and sensitive an interpreter of Beethoven as he is of Mozart … All these readings have the blend of authority, finesse & poetry that distinguishes this great artist at his best."
"These marvellous Beethoven interpretations from Murray Perahia feel so natural and fresh, combined with an astonishing level of assurance. This recital is a splendid achievement and deserves to be in every Beethoven collection." (MusicWeb)
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2 No. 2
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7
Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Op. 22
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 'March Funebre'
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14 No. 1
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2
Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale'
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'
Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 No. 3 'The Hunt'
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101
Variations (32) on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80
Für Elise (Bagatelle in A minor, WoO59)