The Complete Beethoven Sonatas – All 11 Volumes (DSD Bundle)

Peter Takács

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The Complete Beethoven Sonatas - Vol. 1

The Complete Beethoven Sonatas - Vol. 2

The Complete Beethoven Sonatas - Vol. 3

The Complete Beethoven Sonatas - Vol. 4

The Complete Beethoven Sonatas - Vol. 5

The Complete Beethoven Sonatas - Vol. 6

The Complete Beethoven Sonatas - Vol. 7

The Complete Beethoven Sonatas - Vol. 8

The Complete Beethoven Sonatas - Vol. 9

The Complete Beethoven Sonatas - Vol. 10

The Complete Beethoven Sonatas - Vol. 11

Original Recording Format: DSD 64
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This is the full set of Peter Takács’ Complete Beethoven Sonatas Vol. 1 through Vol. 11

The Complete Beethoven Sonatas by pianist Peter Takacs features 11 DSD albums that include not only Beethoven’s well-known 32 sonatas, but all of the early piano sonatas that remained unnumbered as well as the only sonata that Beethoven wrote for four hands.

The albums were recorded in 5 Channel Surround Sound DSD 64 by the Soundmirror Team at the Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communication Department of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee in December 2001 through early September 2004. Peter Takacs played the Bösendorfer Imperial Grand Piano at the Concert Hall.

Embarking on a life-long project, pianist Peter Takacs presents all of the composer’s sonatas for the first time in one package. When asked why he initiated this ambitious project, Takacs commented, “I have lived with these magnificent works, as performer and teacher for many years. I find in them a record of a great composer’s development from his youth as a brilliant virtuoso to the peaks of musical maturity. One recurrent aspect of these sonatas is their strikingly modern relevance as universal statements about the human condition – about struggle and suffering, healing and transcendence. In them one gleans a mind intent on surprising and delighting the listener, pushing the envelope of accepted rules, and being inspired by nature both in its pastoral serenity and its turbulence (reflecting inner turmoil as well).”

About Peter Takács

Hailed as “a marvelous pianist” by The New York Times, Peter Takács has established himself as a distinguished performer, teacher, and lecturer. Winner of the William Kapell International Competition, he has appeared in recite, chamber music, and with orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has given master classes throughout the world and has been an adjudicator in many prestigious international competitions.

In 2015-16, he inaugurated a new recital series entitles “Key Pianists,” performing three all-Beethoven programs at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. His recording of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas was released on the Cambria label in July 2011 to critical acclaim.

Recorded in 5 Channel Surround Sound DSD 64 by Soundmirror, the albums are now Available in Stereo and 5 Channel Surround Sound DSD 256. DSD 128 and DSD 64 plus Stereo DSD 512, exclusively at Native DSD.

A Note From the Artist

For many reasons, I feel strongly that the musical text should not act as a final destination, but rather constitute a point of departure for the interpreter. First, there is no such things as “the text,” since what we see on the printed page of even fully dependable editions is a composite of many, often contradictory, source materials and editorial decisions. Second, musical traditions have changed over the centuries, and we have to reconstruct the original intentions of composers by immersing ourselves in historical and artistic contexts, which may entail implications not found on the printed page. Third, we have to search for narrative truth by empathetically divining what my great teacher Leon Fleisher calls “the wisdom of the material,” the unspoken essence that lies beyond the notes.

This music is centuries old, and while some of its meanings may have changed over time, I fervently believe it carries the same evocative power today as it did at its conception. In that spirit, at every point, I have tried to create a sense of naturalness and inevitability in my interpretive choices, in an attempt to fulfil Beethoven’s words: “Von Herzen Möge es wieder zu Herzen gene!” (From the heart, may it return to the heart!).

Peter Takács  – Piano

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The Complete Beethoven Sonatas - Vol. 1

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Press reviews

NativeDSD Blog 5 out of 5

An Extraordinary Set!

NativeDSD has many Beethoven Piano Sonata recordings available. Excellent Waldsteins, wonderful Moonlights, exciting Tempests, and heartfelt Pathetiques. It’s hard to go wrong with the most popular Sonatas. But what about all the others? What if I told you that there are superb performances, superbly recorded, of all the Piano Sonatas (along with a few extras) available now!

All 11 of Peter Takacs’ Beethoven albums are available individually, and in a money saving DSD bundle. I’ll let you read about the details of Peter Takacs life and performance history in the descriptions. What I’m anxious to tell you about is my reaction to this incredible group as a complete set.

Takacs is not an overly flamboyant pianist. He lets Beethoven speak for himself, yet I found absolutely nothing missing in these performances. The “greatest hits” sonatas are as fine as one could wish for, but what really impressed me is how much I thoroughly enjoyed all of the lesser known ones.  I kept thinking that each was like a totally new discovery, and each was something I would never want to be without.

Am I over-selling? I’m trying not to do that, but as someone who has enjoyed fine piano music all my life, I must tell you I am impressed.  And finally, the recordings are top-quality. Not too far, not too close, the perspective and clarity are absolutely perfect to my ears.  Make up your own mind, but the complete DSD set would be my first recommendation!

The Whole Note

Peter Takács is a professor of piano at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. He was born in Bucharest, Romania and by four was taking music lessons and made his debut there at seven. When the family emigrated to France he was admitted to the Conservatoire National de Paris. In the United States he was awarded full scholarships to both Northwestern and the University of Illinois. It was with Leon Fleisher, with whom he maintains a close personal friendship, that he completed his artistic training at Peabody Conservatory. In addition to the usual one-on-one instruction, he gives master classes, adjudicates on music competitions, and concertizes in the United States and abroad, performing in solo recitals, chamber music and works with orchestra.

It is evident that Takács has become very close to Beethoven’s spirit, for these interpretations seem to come from within and not imposed on the score. These are not simply scholarly performances but fresh, compelling renditions by a scholar who has resolutely looked beyond the printed page. In addition to the 32 published sonatas, six extras are included: WoO 50 & 51 (1797/8); The Elector Sonatas WoO 47 nos. 1,2,3; and the sonata for piano four hands op.6 (1896/7) with Janice Weber, secondo. Plus, for good measure, the Andante Favori WoO 57. Thus, the collection is uniquely complete.

For me, Takács reveals qualities in these works that elevate them from piano pieces into musical narratives that engage the listener’s undivided attention and hold it beyond the very last note. I hated to stop any one of them or have my attention diverted in case I missed something. Even the shortest note or phrase has meaning. A poor simile but it may be like habitually viewing a sculpture from the same perspective and then seeing it from a new aspect… same piece but differently illuminated… an added dimension and a fresh appreciation of a familiar piece. Listening to these recordings aroused nostalgic remembrances of the wonderment and excitement of hearing these works for the first time. I do hope that Professor Takács will flavor us with some Schumann, played with equal dedication.

Audiophiles will be very excited with these albums  which are recorded in 5 Channel Surround Sound DSD 64 but are spot-on heard in Stereo DSD. The instrument is a Model 290, 9’6” Bösendorfer Imperial Grand and the recordings were engineered by Soundmirror, Inc. of Boston.

Audiophile Audition 5 out of 5

If you are a true audiophile – and chances are you think you might be if you visit these pages – then this set will be self-recommending. A magnificent recording in Multichannel DSD done on a wonderfully-mannered Bosendorfer and recorded at the Concert Hall of the Music and Mass Communication building at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.

It is flat-out the most vividly captured set of the Beethoven sonatas on the market today, and might remain that way for some time. These are late bloomers, recorded 2001-2004, and DSD has changed somewhat since then, but you aren’t missing anything here. Peter Takacs is a noted performer and professor at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and this realization represents the fulfillment of a lifelong dream of his.

Period folks will shrink from this, and that is too bad. Of course the mere mention of a Bosendorfer is probably enough to put them off their food for a week, and that is a shame, for Takacs’s approach to these works, according to his own requirements set down in the notes, is one of the most rational and musical apologias I have heard. Following the dictates of one of his teachers, Leon Fleisher, Takacs says that one must go beyond mere historical and “timely” aspects of the music to get to the “wisdom of the material”, the “unspoken essence that lies beyond the notes.”

So are their revelations here? Actually, no, and that is not unexpected; after so many sets over so many years it is almost impossible to expect an artist to shed new light on these warhorses. What we look for now are performances that are heartfelt, clean, passionate, and in this case, with state-of-the-art sound. This recording has all of those.  I can see myself returning to this set very often because the sound is marvelous. If you love this music, and how can you not, you need more than one—make that more than two or three—complete sets.

And the best is yet to come. Whether it’s the “Waldstein” or the “Appassionata”, each reading receives a performance of temperamental balance and excellent judgment. Unlike so many artists who feel up to tackling all of these works, Takacs is extraordinarily adept at giving consistently fine readings across the broad spectrum of these pieces. Like I said, you won’t find interpretative unearthing jewels here, but you will find solid pianism, a point of view, and moving performances.

No matter how many sets I own, and there are quite a few, I don’t think I could resist this one.

New York Classical Review

Beethoven could hardly have a better or more welcoming advocate.

clevelandclassical.com

Takác’s touch and voicing are unerring throughout the cycle. He brings an appropriate sense of wit, humour, tragedy, poignancy, relief, or delight to individual movements while steering well clear of any distortions of expression or musical form, and he makes sense and lucidity out of Beethoven’s strangest moments.

AllMusic 5 out of 5

An ambition to record the piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven is common among great pianists. But Peter Takács’ imposing box set is complete beyond ordinary expectations.

Not only did he record all 32 piano sonatas with opus numbers, but he also included the less familiar Sonatina in F major, WoO 50, the Sonata in C major, WoO 51, the Three “Elector” Sonatas, the Sonata in D major for piano four hands (with Janice Weber on the secondo part), and the charming Andante in F major, known as the Andante favori.

When one considers the excellence of Takács’ performances, which are among the finest ever released, then all of the extras seem more like a tribute