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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas: Op. 101 - Op. 106, 'Hammerklavier'

Mari Kodama

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Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106, "Grosse Sonate für das Hammerklavier"  
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
II. Scherzo. Assai vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
III. Adagio sostenuto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101  
I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
II. Lebhaft, marschmäßig (Vivace alla Marcia)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
IV. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit
Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    67:06
"... Kodama’s outstanding Op. 101 is one of her cycle’s high points ... the sonics match the superb consistency distinguishing this series’ eight previous volumes."
- ClassicsToday.com

“... Kodama sets out to scale the Everest of Beethoven’s sonatas, the Hammerklavier. This is no undertaking for the physically weak, the psychologically timid, the musically unprepared, or the spiritually irresolute. Hers is an exceptionally lucid reading, one that lacks for nothing in determination and true grit, or in concentration ... this earns a well-deserved place in the winner’s circle.”
- Fanfare

Superstar pianist Mari Kodama ends her 10 year journey through the complete cycle of Beethoven's piano sonatas with perhaps the most challenging: the Piano Sonata No. 29 "Hammerklavier", called the Mount Everest of sonatas by Fanfare. On this album it is paired with another showcase for Kodama's ample talent, the Piano Sonata No. 28.
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Recording venue: Concertboerderij “Onder de Linden”, Valthermond, the Netherlands (2/2013)
Recording producer: Wilhelm Hellweg
Balance engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen
Recording engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen
Editing: Erdo Groot, Jean-Marie Geijsen

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