The Late Piano Sonatas – Bagatelles

Josep Colom

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Josep Colom’s latest album includes Beethoven’s legendary last three piano sonatas (Opp. 109-111) and Bonn genius’ latest piano work, the Bagatelles op.126.  Colom’s original and exceptional vision brings out a fresh and different view on Beethoven’s masterpieces, one which creates a single narrative path to weave together the individual movements of these three sonatas and the six bagatelles by means of a fascinating play of analogies and contrasts. The bagatelles act, in a way, as preludes to the sonatas, with transitional passages that stem from the pianist’s own imagination.

 

Tracklist

1.
Bagatelle op. 126-5
01:48
2.
Bagatelle op. 126-4
03:09
3.
Sonata No. 30 in E major, op. 109 - I. Vivace, ma non troppo
04:03
4.
Sonata No. 30 in E major, op. 109 - II. Prestissimo
02:24
5.
Sonata No. 30 in E major, op. 109 - III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung
11:39
6.
Bagatelle op. 126-1
02:23
7.
Bagatelle op. 126-3
03:23
8.
Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, op. 110 - I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
06:53
9.
Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, op. 110 - II. Allegro molto
02:39
10.
Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, op. 110 - III. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga
10:16
11.
Bagatelle op. 126-2
01:37
12.
Bagatelle op. 126-6
03:17
13.
Sonata No. 32 in C minor, op. 111 - I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
09:18
14.
Sonata No. 32 in C minor, op. 111 - II. Arietta
15:25

Total time: 01:18:14

Additional information

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SKU

EUDDR1901

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Digital Converters

Merging Technologies HORUS

Microphones

Sonodore and Schoeps

Awards

Original Recording Format

Piano

1957 Model D Steinway & Sons – Piano Technician: Carles Horváth i Ysàs

Producer

Gonzalo Noqué

Recording Engineer

Gonzalo Noqué

Recording location

July 4-7, 2016 at Auditorio de Zaragoza, Sala Mozart, Zaragoza, Spain

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 256 (no DXD conversion)

Speakers

Dali Epicon

Release Date March 1, 2019

Press reviews

ClassiqueHD.fr 5 out of 5

“This long speech is rich with emotions with a magnificent technique. Beethoven is rediscovered through Josep Colom. The sound […] is simply beautiful and no note comes crashing to your ear as is sometimes heared on piano recordings.”

Fanfare Magazine

“Colom has the pianistic skills to bring these sonatas to life. […] He is a lyrical and poetic player who, when need be, can storm the heavens with plenty of power, but he is far from a banger. The recording accommodates his wide dynamic range. […] as nearly 80 minutes of sublime music-making, I’d recommend it to anyone. Plus, one gets a fabulously engineered recording with an extraordinarily natural piano sound that audiophiles will envy.”

HRAudio.net 5 out of 5

“[These sonatas] demand years of experience and deep understanding of Ludwig van Beethoven, his inner self, his temperament, moods of desolation and subsequent resignation. Colom’s playing gives clear evidence that he has understood it […].
And then again, Eudora’s recording is outstanding. The sound is clean, almost clinically clean, to the point that each and every note comes out clearly, from warm low to tingling high.”

OpusKlassiek

“Even in the tightly lined fugue of op. 110 [Colom] brings another number of special aspects of his imaginative approach into play. It may sound strange, but it is as if the composer himself took a seat behind the grand piano and breathed new life into his music; Colom’s playing is so suggestive.[…] The great surround recording brings the pianist with his beautiful Steinway into your room.”

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