Beethoven: Complete Bagatelle (Complete Works For Solo Piano Vol.10) (Ronald Brautigam) (BIS: BISSACD1882)
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On this new disc, Ronald Brautigam now embarks on the second leg of his traversal of Beethoven's complete music for solo piano. In this volume he gives us the complete Bagatelles, and includes not only the three sets published during Beethoven's life time, but also thirteen further pieces composed throughout Beethoven's career, between 1795 and 1825. Among Beethoven's Bagatelles - whether official or unofficial ones - are pieces that may originally have been intended as movements of piano sonatas, as well as pieces of an extreme brevity, such as the 11 seconds long Allegramente, No. 10 of Elf Neue Bagatellen, Op.119. Previous volumes in this cycle have been highly praised by reviewers around the world: performances of the Waldstein and Appassionata Sonatas (BIS-SACD-1573) which were described by Gramophone as 'stunning ... technically breathtaking, stylistically astute, emotionally intense and musically alive in every moment'.