Beethoven - Complete Piano Sonatas | Sony 19075843182

Beethoven - Complete Piano Sonatas


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Label: Sony

Cat No: 19075843182

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 9

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 13th September 2019



Ahead of Beethoven’s 250-year anniversary in 2020, renowned classical pianist Igor Levit releases Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas. Levit’s debut album, ‘The Late Beethoven Sonatas’, received critical acclaim. BBC Music Magazine described Levit’s performance as ‘unbeatable’.

Beethoven was a German composer and pianist who is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. He is one of the most recognisable and influential composers of the Romantic period and his music remains popular around the world today. The breath-taking ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata will also be released on vinyl. The vinyl will include three sides of music. The fourth side will be etched with the original manuscript sketch for the sonata.

Igor Levit has won many prestigious awards including the Gramophone Recording of the Year in 2016 and the Gilmore Artist Award in 2018. Levit began playing the piano at the age of three. He has since gone on to perform at major concert halls and music festivals around the world. He has been appointed a professorship at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media which starts towards the end of 2019. Igor Levit’s previous release, ‘Life’, reached the top of the Classical Albums chart in 2018.


That he is so inside these pieces will come as no surprise, for he has been performing complete cycles around the world for some time now. As you’d predict from an artist who combines acute intelligence and technical panache, it’s utterly absorbing. It’s also a cycle that doesn’t have favourites – Levit feels equally committed to every single piece. It doesn’t necessarily follow that everything is a triumph, but his attention to detail is very beguiling. Above all, there’s that sense of being completely at one with Beethoven himself. And that, in the end, is what makes this such a magnificent achievement.  Harriet Smith
Gramophone Awards Issue 2019

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