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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas: No. 14 "Moonlight" - No. 8 "Pathétique" - No. 4 in E-Flat, Op. 7

Mari Kodama

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Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight"  
I. Adagio sostenuto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
II. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
III. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7  
I. Allegro molto e con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
II. Largo, con gran espressione
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
III. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
IV. Rondo. Poco allegretto e grazioso
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, "Pathétique"  
I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
II. Adagio cantabile
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
III. Rondo. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    62:59
"... Kodama obviously knows her Beethoven and her readings are filled with superb technique and tons of emotion ..."
- Audiophile Audition

Japanese pianist Mari Kodama dedicated 10 years of her career to performing and recording the complete cycle of Beethoven's piano sonatas, a project that yielded nine albums and made her only the fourth woman to have recorded all of Beethoven's sonatas. On this installment from 2003, she includes the eternal favourite Piano Sonata No. 14, better known as the Moonlight Sonata and Piano Sonata No. 8 "Pathetique" along with the Fourth Sonata; that an artist can play this music and still introduce a new perspective, as Kodama so often does, is astonishing.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – PentaTone Studio Masters

Recorded on 20 - 25 January 2003, 26 April, 2004 at the Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, The Netherlands
Recording producer: Wilhelm Hellweg
Executive producer: Job Maarse
Balance engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen
Recording engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen
Editing: Holger Busse

Recording facility: Polyhymnia International BV
Microphones: DPA 4011 & DPA 4006, Schoeps MK 2S
All microphones modified with Polyhymnia microphone buffer electronics
Microphone preamps: custom built by Polyhymnia International BV and outputs directly connected to Meitner DSD A/D converter
DSD recording, editing and mixing: Pyramix Virtual Studio by Merging Technologies 5.0
Monitored on B&W Nautilus loudspeakers
Microphone, interconnect and loudspeaker cables by van den Hul

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