The 32 Piano Sonatas
Title:

The 32 Piano Sonatas

Composer:
Artists:

Daniel-Ben Pienaar

Release Date:

10th February 2015

Cat No:

AV2320

Price:

£39.99 (10 CDs)

Summary:

Having scaled the heights of J. S. Bach’s “48,” The Well-Tempered Clavier, as well as Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Mozart’s Piano Sonatas, Daniel-Ben Pienaar turns to arguably the most revered body of works in the piano repertory, Beethoven’s “32.” Training his sharp intellect and formidable technique on this touchstone of classical canons, Pienaar’s interpretations are altogether as stimulating as they are engaging.

Tracklist:

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
The 32 Piano Sonatas

CD 1 69.37
Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor Op.2 No.1
1. I. Allegro 4.09
2. II. Adagio 4.48
3. III. Menuetto: Allegretto 3.40
4. IV. Prestissimo 4.44

Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Op.2 No.2
5. I. Allegro vivace 7.39
6. II. Largo appassionato 7.56
7. III. Scherzo: Allegretto 3.24
8. IV. Rondo: Grazioso 6.54

Piano Sonata No.3 in C Op.2 No.3
9. I. Allegro con brio 10.17
10. II. Adagio 7.46
11. III. Scherzo: Allegro 3.18
12. IV. Allegro assai 4.58

CD 2 62.19
Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat Op.7
1. I. Allegro molto e con brio 8.22
2. II. Largo, con gran espressione 9.32
3. III. Allegro 6.22
4. IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso 7.07

Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor Op.10 No.1
5. I. Allegro molto e con brio 5.22
6. II. Adagio molto 9.14
7. III. Finale: Prestissimo 4.11

Piano Sonata No.6 in F Op.10 No.2
8. I. Allegro 5.58
9. II. Allegretto 4.02
10. III. Presto 2.06

CD 3 73.57
Piano Sonata No.7 in D Op.10 No.3
1. I. Presto 7.05
2. II. Largo e mesto 10.02
3. III. Menuetto: Allegro 3.20
4. IV. Rondo: Allegro 4.27

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op.13 “Pathétique”
5. I. Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio 8.15
6. II. Adagio cantabile 4.45
7. III. Rondo: Allegro 4.57

Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Op.14 No.1
8. I. Allegro 6.50
9. II. Allegretto 4.40
10. III. Rondo: Allegro comodo 3.32

Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Op.14 No.2
11. I. Allegro 7.19
12. II. Andante 5.35
13. III. Scherzo: Allegro assai 3.43

CD 4 65.24
Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Op.22
1. I. Allegro con brio 7.46
2. II. Adagio con molto 10.17
3. III. Menuetto 3.41
4. IV. Rondo: Allegretto 6.22

Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Op.26 “Funeral March”
5. I. Andante con variazioni 8.42
6. II. Scherzo: Allegro molto 2.57
7. III. Marcia funebre sulla morte d’un eroe: Maestoso andante 7.20
8. IV. Allegro 3.29

Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Op.27 No.1 “Sonata quasi una fantasia”
9. I. Andante – Allegro – Andante – 4.32
10. II. Allegro molto e vivace – 1.58
11. III. Adagio con espressione – 2.45
12. V. Finale: Allegro vivace – Adagio con espressione – Presto 5.29

CD 5 64.52
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op.27 No.2 “Moonlight”
1. I. Adagio sostenuto – 5.31
2. II. Allegretto – 2.34
3. III. Presto agitato 7.08

Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Op.28 “Pastoral”
4. I. Allegro 10.48
5. II. Andante 6.50
6. III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace 3.07
7. IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo 5.37

Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Op.31 No.1
8. I. Allegro vivace 6.27
9. II. Adagio grazioso 10.29
10. III. Rondo: Allegretto 6.17

CD 6 65.20
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor Op.31 No. 2 “Tempest”
1. I. Largo – Allegro – Adagio – Allegro 9.10
2. II. Adagio 9.30
3. III. Allegretto 7.11

Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Op.31 No.3
4. I. Allegro 8.52
5. II. Scherzo: Allegretto vivace 5.03
6. III. Menuetto: Moderato e grazioso 4.24
7. IV. Presto con fuoco 4.37

Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor Op.49 No. 1
8. I. Andante 4.30
9. II. Rondo: Allegro 3.19

Piano Sonata No. 20 in G Op.49 No.2
10. I. Allegro ma non troppo 5.22
11. II. Tempo di menuetto 3.19

CD 7 61.25
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Op. 53 “Waldstein”
1. I. Allegro con brio 10.09
2. II. Introduzione: Adagio molto – 4.57
3. III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato – Prestissimo 9.36

Piano Sonata No. 22 in F Op.54
4. I. In tempo d’un menuetto 6.10
5. II. Allegretto – Più allegro 6.01

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op.57 “Appassionata”
6. I. Allegro assai 9.06
7. II. Andante con moto 7.03
8. III. Allegro, ma non troppo – Presto 8.19

CD 8 56.38
Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp Op.78
1. I. Adagio cantabile – Allegro ma non troppo 7.19
2. II. Allegro vivace 3.06

Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Op.79
3. I. Presto alla tedesca 5.30
4. II. Andante 2.44
5. III. Vivace 2.04

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Op.81a “Les adieux”
6. I. Das Lebewohl (Les Adieux): Adagio – Allegro 7.17
7. II. Abwesenheit (L’Absence): Andante espressivo 4.22
8. III. Das Wiedersehen (Le Retour): Vivacissimamente 5.30

Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor Op.90
9. I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck 5.47
10. II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen 7.55

CD 9 63.47
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Op. 101
1. I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegro ma non troppo) 4.29
2. II. Lebhaft, marschmäßig (Vivace alla marcia) 5.59
3. III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto – Tempo del primo pezzo) – 3.05
4. IV. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit (Allegro) 7.10

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Op.106 “Hammerklavier”
5. I. Allegro 10.18
6. II. Scherzo: Assai vivace 2.29
7. III. Adagio sostenuto, appassionato e con molto sentimento 18.41
8. IV. Largo – Fuga: Allegro risoluto 11.33

CD 10 67.00
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Op.109
1. I. Vivace, ma non troppo – Adagio espressivo – Tempo primo – Adagio espressivo – Tempo primo 3.35
2. II. Prestissimo 2.29
3. III. Tema con variazioni: Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Molto cantabile ed espressivo) 12.22

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Op.110
4. I. Moderato cantabile, molto espressivo 6.34
5. II. Allegro molto 2.08
6. III. Adagio, ma non troppo – Fuga: Allegro, ma non troppo 10.38

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor Op.111
7. I. Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato 9.09
8. II. Arietta: Adagio molto, semplice e cantabile 20.02

Recorded at the Duke’s Hall of the Royal Academy of Music, London
Recording dates: 3, 4 & 11 September 2012 (Opp. 2, 7, 10, 13, 14, 22, 26, 27 and 28);
 18 November 2012 (Opp. 49 and 79); 4, 7 & 8 January 2013 (Opp. 31, 53, 54, 57, 78, 81a, and 90); 7 January 2014 (Opp. 101, 109 and 110); 7 & 8 April 2014 (Opp. 106 and 111)
Producer: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood

 

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