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András Schiff
Ludwig van Beethoven
The Piano Sonatas
Volume IV
Sonatas opp. 26, 27 and 28

András Schiff piano
Sonata No. 12 A-flat major op. 26
Dedicated to Prince Carl von Lichnowsky

Andante con Variazioni
Scherzo. Allegro molto
Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un Eroe

Two Sonatas op. 27
Sonata No. 13 E-flat major op. 27/1
Sonata quasi una fantasia
Dedicated to Countess Josephine von Liechtenstein

Andante – Allegro – Tempo I
Allegro molto e vivace
Adagio con espressione
Allegro vivace

Sonata No. 14 c-sharp minor op. 27/2
Sonata quasi una fantasia – "Moonlight"
Dedicated to Countess Giulietta Guicciardi

Adagio sostenuto
Presto agitato

Sonata No. 15 D major op. 28
Dedicated to Joseph Edler von Sonnenfels

Scherzo. Allegro vivace
Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo

Recorded April 2005
ECM New Series 1944

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The fourth instalment of Schiff’s complete Beethoven includes the sonatas opp. 26, 27 and 28 – highly accomplished works of strong individual features that were written in 1800 and 1801. Even in the famous “Moonlight”-sonata the Hungarian’s attention to detail leads to unexpected listening experiences. “Nobody in the hall will have heard this first movement like that before” wrote Peter Hagmann in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung reviewing the recital in Tonhalle Zurich where the sonatas are recorded live for ECM. “Not the kind of over-demonstrative approach which has become common these days lies at the heart of this interpretation but the consequent and courageous scrutiny of the musical text.” The booklet offers an extensive conversation between András Schiff and Martin Meyer on the repertoire and its interpretation.