Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas, vol. 3

Igor Tchetuev

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

Beethoven was reluctant to comment on his own music. His friends often took serious pains trying to direct the conversation towards this or that opus, but even when successful, they usually received a new riddle instead of the coveted “key” (for example, he advised Schindler to read Shakespeare’s “Tempest”, which allegedly clarified the contents of Sonata No.17 and “Appassionata”). We don’t know any Beethoven’s direct remarks regarding the music of Sonatas op.2. However, once, in conversation with the flute virtuoso Louis Drouet, he referred to his early compositions in the following words: “They were printed differently from what I had written. When I looked at my manuscripts a couple of years after having finished them, I wondered whether I was crazy to cram into one piece the material enough for twenty. I burned the manuscripts so that no one could see them”. It is not known which compositions Beethoven referred to, but it is worth noting that the autographs of Sonatas op.2 do not survive. It is unlikely the composer meant them, though: scholars agree that the sonatas were finished in 1794–95, and in spring of 1796 the Wiener Zeitung announced their publication at Artaria. The author, apparently, could not keep the autograph for several years and then review it before the first publication. But the quoted phrase rouses a not-quite-typical question about this music: how much was put into this music?

Tracklist

1.
Sonata No.1 in F minor, op.2. - Allegro
05:47
2.
Sonata No.1 in F minor, op.2. - Adagio
05:12
3.
Sonata No.1 in F minor, op.2. - Menuetto. Allegretto
03:34
4.
Sonata No.1 in F minor, op.2. - Prestissimo
08:29
5.
Sonata No.2 in A major, op.2. - Allegro vivace
10:29
6.
Sonata No.2 in A major, op.2. - Largo appassionato
07:37
7.
Sonata No.2 in A major, op.2. - Scherzo. Allegretto
03:31
8.
Sonata No.2 in A major, op.2. - Rondo. Grazioso
06:45
9.
Sonata No.3 in C major, op.2. - Allegro con brio
10:43
10.
Sonata No.3 in C major, op.2. - Adagio
08:30
11.
Sonata No.3 in C major, op.2. - Scherzo. Allegro
03:23
12.
Sonata No.3 in C major, op.2. - Allegro assai
05:32

Total time: 01:19:32

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Original Recording Format

Digital Converters

Meitner design

Composers

Microphones

Neumann km130; DPA (B & K) 4006 ; DPA (B & K) 4011 SCHOEPS mk2S; SCHOEPS mk41

Producer

Michael Serebryanyi

Recording Engineer

Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot

Recording location

Mane Hall of the Moscow Theatre School of Dramatic Art

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Merging

SKU

CM0062007

Release Date October 10, 2015
SKU CM0062007

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