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BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 14 and 21


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Born in Odessa, 'the cradle of Russian pianism' in 1890, Benno Moiseiwitsch was one of the great pianists of the twentieth century. Volume 9 of the Naxos Moiseiwitsch Edition features a superlative reading of Beethoven's 'Moonlight' Sonata, of which the critic of 'The Gramophone' wrote \Moiseiwitsch has surely never made such a good recording as this".

The 1941 recording of the 'Path?®tique' Sonata is also exceptionally fine, with Moiseiwitsch's full tone at the beginning faithfully captured by the engineers. The tempo of the Allegro di molto e con brio is urgent and fast, while the pianist's sublime tonal qualities can be heard to full advantage in the Adagio.

"He [Moiseiwitsch] stands grander, traditional virtues on their head, replacing thunder and solidity with aristocratic rhetoric. Few pianists have responded to terms such as leggierement with a more winning charm.... nothing can dim the lustre of either performance. We can only beg Naxos for more Moiseiwitsch, especially in Beethoven and Chopin." 'The Gramophone' on 8.110776"
Facts
Item number 8111115
Barcode 747313311521
Release date 06/01/2006
Category Classical
Label Naxos Historical
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Moiseiwitsch, Benno
Composers Beethoven, Ludwig van
Weber, Carl Maria von
Scarlatti, Domenico
Producers Marston, Ward
Disc: 1
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, J. 138: IV. Rondo,
1 I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
2 II. Adagio cantabile
3 III. Rondo allegro
4 I. Adagio sostenuto
5 II. Allegretto
6 III. Presto agitato
7 I. Allegro con brio
8 II. Introduzione - Adagio molto
9 III. Rondo - Allegretto moderato
10 Andante in F major, WoO 57, "Andante favori"
11 Rondo in C major, Op. 51, No. 1
12 Pastorale in E minor / Capriccio in E major (arr.
13 Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, J. 138: IV. Rondo,
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