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Beethoven: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 6: Sonatas Nos. 21-25

Ronald Brautigam

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Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"  
1
I. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam
9:59
2
II. Introduzione. Adagio molto -
Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam
3:29
3
III. Rondo. Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam
9:10
Piano Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54  
4
I. In tempo d'un minuetto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam
4:52
5
II. Allegretto - Più allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam
4:44
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"  
6
I. Allegro assai
Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam
8:20
7
II. Andante con moto -
Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam
5:13
8
III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam
7:16
Piano Sonata No. 24 in F Sharp Major, Op. 78 "À Thérèse"  
9
I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam
7:00
10
II. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam
2:37
Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79  
11
I. Presto alla tedesca
Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam
4:35
12
II. Andante
Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam
2:08
13
III. Vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam
1:58
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    71:21
"Outstanding."
- Gramophone

Ronald Brautigam’s performance on the previous volume in this series was described in the International Record Review as ‘remarkably full-blooded and forceful playing, pushing the instrument to its limits yet always securing a rich and well-rounded tone’. With the present disc, consisting of sonatas from Beethoven’s middle period, Brautigam continues his survey of Beethoven’s piano music on a new instrument, a copy of a Graf 1819 fortepiano, which corresponds to the greater demands in terms of power and dynamics made by works such as the Waldstein and the Appassionata.

Beethoven’s middle period began shortly after a personal crisis brought on by the composer’s encroaching deafness, and during it he began to push the borders between free expression and strict form to an even greater extent than previously. In their glowing reviews of previous volumes, many critics have commented precisely on Ronald Brautigam’s ability to bring out the radical aspects of the works. According to the reviewer in The Times, ‘Beethoven the revolutionary comes closer than ever in Brautigam’s fiery interpretations’, and his colleague in Süddeutsche Zeitung agreed: ‘One has almost the impression of being a contemporary of Beethoven’s: one of the first, infinitely startled – not to say shocked – witnesses to this music.’
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