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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No.16, No.17 "Tempest", No.18 "The Hunt"

Mari Kodama

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Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1  
1
I. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
6:33
2
II. Adagio grazioso
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
11:48
3
III. Rondo allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
7:10
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest"  
4
I. Lento - Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
9:00
5
II. Adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
8:00
6
III. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
6:37
Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, "The Hunt"  
7
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
7:48
8
II. Scherzo. Allegretto vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
5:06
9
III. Menuetto. Moderato e grazioso
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
4:29
10
IV. Presto con fuoco
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
4:59
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    71:30
"... Kodama is on the way to present a modern, timeless recording of Beethoven’s piano sonatas which can claim the title reference recording now."
- Pizzicato

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 2006, she includes the Piano Sonata No. 16, the Piano Sonata No. 17 "Tempest" along with the Piano Sonata No.18 "The Hunt"; the idea 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

Recording venue: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, the Netherlands (26–29/4/2004)
Recording producer: Wilhelm Hellweg
Executive producer: Job Maarse
Balance engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen
Recording engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen
Editing: Ientje Mooij

Recording facility: Polyhymnia International BV
Microphones: DPA 4011 & DPA 4006, Schoeps MK 2S, 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
Monitored on B&W Nautilus loudspeakers.
Microphone, interconnect and loudspeaker cables by van den Hul.

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