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András Schiff
Ludwig van Beethoven
The Piano Sonatas
Volume V
Sonatas opp. 31 and 53

András Schiff piano
 
Three Sonatas op. 31

Sonata No. 16 G major op. 31/1
Allegro vivace
Adagio grazioso
Rondo. Allegretto

Sonata No. 17 d minor op. 31/2
“The Tempest”
Largo - Allegro
Adagio
Allegretto

Sonata No. 18 E-flat major op. 31/3
“The Hunt”
Allegro
Scherzo. Allegretto vivace
Menuetto. Moderato e grazioso
Presto con fuoco

Sonata No. 21 C major op. 53 (1803/4)
"Waldstein"
Dedicated to Count Ferdinand von Waldstein
Allegro con brio
Introduzione. Adagio molto
Rondo. Allegretto moderato

Andante favori F major WoO 57 (1803)
Andante grazioso con moto

Recorded December 2005
ECM New Series 1945
 
Background

Order 2-CD Set

Volume V of András Schiff’s highly-acclaimed Beethoven cycle in chronological order includes four masterworks from the so called “middle” period on two CDs: The three sonatas of opus 31, written in 1801-02 shortly before the Eroica symphony, display varied characters, the first one being humorous and the second more dramatic, whereas the third sonata is tender and lyrical in the two initial, exuberant in the last two movements. The famous “Waldstein” sonata is a virtuosic highlight of Beethoven’s complete oeuvre with most extraordinary sonic inventions which betray an almost symphonic ambition.