Beethoven - The Complete Piano Sonatas
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Label: Orchid Classics
Cat No: ORC100117
Number of Discs: 9
Release Date: 20th March 2020
ArtistsJonathan Biss (piano)
“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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