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András Schiff
Ludwig van Beethoven
The Piano Sonatas
Volume VIII
Sonatas opp. 109, 110 and 111

András Schiff piano
 
Sonata No. 30 E major op. 109 (1820)
Dedicated to Maximiliane Brentano

Vivace, ma non troppo – Adagio espressivo
Prestissimo
Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo

Sonata No. 31 A-flat major op. 110 (1821)
Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
Allegro molto
Adagio ma non troppo – Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo

Sonata No. 32 c minor op. 111 (1821-22)
Dedicated to Archduke Rudolph of Austria

Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato
Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile

Recorded September 2007
ECM New Series 1949
 
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The last stage on a long journey: It was a jour fixe for all major newspapers and music critiques in Germany and Switzerland when András Schiff’s Beethoven cycle reached the famous triptych of his very last sonatas in the concert halls in Zurich and Munich in November 2006. “This was a Beethoven which transfixed the audience with its Apollonian balance, its subtly hued sonic and dynamic differentiation, depth of thought and technical command…The three sonatas sounded like a quintessence of pure late style, otherworldly as if made from precious marble”, wrote Julia Spinola in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The booklet for the final volume of this cycle that is very likely to set new artistic and editorial standards will include not only an extensive interview with the pianist on the recorded sonatas but also a performer’s note about his personal approach to and experiences with Beethoven.