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András Schiff
Ludwig van Beethoven
The Piano Sonatas
Volume VII
Sonatas opp. 90, 101 and 106

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Sonata No. 27 e minor op. 90 (1814)
Dedicated to Count Moritz von Lichnowsky

Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen

Sonata No. 28 A major op. 101 (1815-17)
Dedicated to Baronness Dorothea von Ertmann

Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung. Allegretto, ma non troppo
Lebhaft, Marschmäßig. Vivace alla Marcia
Langsam und sehnsuchtvoll. Adagio, ma non troppo, con affetto
Geschwinde, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit. Allegro

Sonata No. 29 B-flat major op. 106 (1817-18)
"Hammerklavier"
Dedicated to Archduke Rudolph of Austria

Allegro
Scherzo. Assai vivace
Adagio sostenuto
Largo – Allegro risoluto

Recorded May 2006
ECM New Series 1948
 
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The simultaneous yet separate release of the last two volumes of Schiff’s complete Beethoven sonatas in autumn 2008 finally offers the opportunity to oversee the pianist’s approach to this unique repertoire segment in total. Part VII, recorded once again live at Tonhalle Zurich, includes the first three of the so-called “late” sonatas which were written between 1814 and 1822. A highlight in any Beethoven cycle is the 45-minute long “Hammerklavier” sonata which Schiff – especially with regard to the fast tempo markings by Beethoven – calls “probably the hardest work in the whole repertoire of the piano – technically, structurally, atmospherically, metaphysically.” Reviewers in England, Germany and Switzerland expressed their unanimous admiration after Schiff’s recitals with this programme in May 2006, praising the pianist’s structural awareness, his individual approach to musical characters, and outstanding sonic control.