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Maurizio Pollini The Late Sonatas Opp. 101 & 106

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"Each Beethoven sonata is a world of its own," says Maurizio Pollini. "Each has its own character, from the first note to the last. Each one is unique." Beethoven's music has accompanied the Italian pianist for almost his entire life. In the 1970s, he made his now classic Gramophone Award-winning recording of the last five sonatas, and by 2014 Pollini had then recorded all 32 sonatas. However, an artist's work is never done, and in 2019, Pollini returned to Beethoven's late sonatas to record the final three sonatas once again. With this album, recorded in 2021/22 in the excellent acoustics of Munich's Herkulessaal, Pollini now completes this second recording of the late sonatas. For him, both the A major Sonata op. 101 and the "Hammerklavier Sonata" op. 106 are "thoroughly brilliant works." In both sonatas, Beethoven explores new terrain and experiments with form, harmony, and counterpoint. Opus 101 is generally considered to mark the beginning of Beethoven's "late style," the third and final phase of his career. And with Opus 106, he fundamentally revolutionized the genre, presenting pianists with entirely new technical and emotional challenges. For Pollini, it is "the greatest Beethoven sonata ever".

Tracklist:

  1. Beethoven: I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung. Allegretto ma non troppo [Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101]
  2. Beethoven: II. Lebhaft, marschmäßig. Vivace alla marcia [Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101]
  3. Beethoven: III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll. Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto [Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101]
  4. Beethoven: IV. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit. Allegro [Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101]
  5. Beethoven: I. Allegro [Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"]
  6. Beethoven: II. Scherzo. Assai vivace [Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"]
  7. Beethoven: III. Adagio sostenuto [Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"]
  8. Beethoven: IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto [Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"]