Beethoven - The Complete Piano Sonatas | Orchid Classics ORC100117

Beethoven - The Complete Piano Sonatas


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Label: Orchid Classics

Cat No: ORC100117

Barcode: 5060189561179

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 9

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 20th March 2020



Jonathan Biss has deepened his long relationship with Beethoven’s piano sonatas over the past nine years with a landmark recording project. His nine-disc survey of the Complete Piano Sonatas, released by Orchid Classics to mark the composer’s 250th anniversary year, documents the evolution of Biss’s Beethoven.

“Beethoven’s sonatas have been a constant presence in my life for nearly as long as I have been playing the piano,” Jonathan Biss recalls. “‘Presence’ is too mild a word, though: ‘force’ comes a bit closer to conveying the space he occupies in my heart and head.” Their all-encompassing creative universe, he adds, demands the full attention of performers and listeners alike. The sonatas, in short, open fresh perspectives on human experience through the penetrating lens of Beethoven’s imagination.

The striking individuality and invention of each of Beethoven’s thirty-two piano sonatas, from the ingenuity of his early Op.2 works to the transcendent power of the late ‘Hammerklavier’ and Op.111 sonatas, emerge as vital elements in Biss’s integral recording. “As individual works, each is endlessly compelling on its own merits; as a cycle, it moves from transcendence to transcendence, the basic concerns always the same, but the language impossibly varied,” he observes in accompanying notes that describe the music’s vast emotional range and the pianist’s heartfelt responses to it.

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