Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas

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Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas
Boris Giltburg (piano)

[ Naxos / 9 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 24 September 2021

Boris Giltburg is lauded worldwide as a deeply sensitive, insightful and compelling interpreter, with critics praising his impassioned approach to performance. This project to record all of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas is a personal exploration for Giltburg, driven by curiosity and his profound respect for the composer. These exceptional performances received widespread critical acclaim upon their original digital release
and this premiere CD release includes extended personal and informative booklet notes written by the pianist. From the vivid energy of the early sonatas, through the dark passions and enchanted lyricism of Beethoven's middle period, to the awe-inspiring transcendence of the final sonatas - this cycle runs the full gamut of human emotion.

"Giltburg's approach to early Beethoven is refreshingly straightforward, and never contrived; textures are lean and clear, rubato never overdone. Just occasionally it can seem a bit too severe, with snatched staccatos, but there's more than enough here to make it worthwhile following the instalments to come." Guardian (Sonatas 1 - 3)

"These interpretations are enormously pleasurable and at times revelatory. Always clean and never showy, Giltburg's pianism is ideally suited to late Beethoven, and his touch throughout is light and flexible" BBC Music (Sonatas 27 - 29)

"..the two standouts of the series thus far are Opp 13 and 22. I can think of no other performance of the Pathétique that imbues the Grave introduction with a greater sense of melancholy desolation...The bright, ingratiating Op 22 is also brimful of character, its narrative unfolding with a charming urgency." Gramophone

"[Giltburg] is a musical and thoughtful player, and his account of Beethoven's last sonata, Op. 111, in particular is highly accomplished, the opening movement delivered with all the drama and intensity it calls for, and the valedictory variation finale conveying an air of luminous warmth." BBC (Sonatas 8, 21. 32)