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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas: No. 21 "Waldstein" - No. 23 "Appassionata" - No. 26 "Les adieux"

Mari Kodama

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Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein"  
1
I. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
10:49
2
II. Introduzione. Adagio molto -
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
3:18
3
III. Rondo. Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
9:30
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata"  
4
I. Allegro assai
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
9:07
5
II. Andante con moto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
6:17
6
III. Allegro ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
5:11
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux"  
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I. Das Lebewohl. Adagio - Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
6:43
8
II. Abwesenheit. Andante espressivo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
4:01
9
III. Das Wiedersehn. Vivacissimamento
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
5:02
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    59:58
"... superbly performed by Mari Kodama ... exhibits a fluid, graceful and when required a forceful playing style that commands the listener’s attention. The dynamic range is greater than most other recordings I own ... a beautiful performance ..."
- Stereo Times

"... beautifully conceived, technically polished renditions of three of Beethoven’s best-known piano sonatas, beautifully recorded. The playing is lucid and tonally controlled ... PentaTone’s recording captures the range of colour and tonalities with uncanny realism."
- Fanfare

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 Piano Sonata No.21 “Waldstein”, Piano Sonata No.23 “Appassionata” and Piano Sonata No.26 “Les Adieux”. The fact 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, 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, Alfredo Lasheras Hakobian

Recording facility: Polyhymnia International BV
Microphones: DPA 4011 & DPA 4006, Schoeps MK 2S. All microphones modified with Polyhymnia microphone buffer electronics.
Microphone pre-amps: Custom build by Polyhymnia International BV and outputs directly connected to Meitner DSD AD 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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