Beethoven: Favorite Piano Sonatas (2-CD Set)

Stewart Goodyear
2-CD set
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"Mr Goodyear's style has strength and drama, elegant and exquisite technique and great emotional depth."

Stewart Goodyear has selected six of his favorite Beethoven piano sonatas for this new 2-CD collection, a compilation of music from his 10—CD box set of complete Beethoven sonatas.

Reviews of Stewart Goodyear’s recording of the Beethoven sonatas:

"Stewart Goodyear [has a] stylish, vitally communicative way with Beethoven. His spontaneous inflections of phrase never sound the least bit mannered... a kind of kinetic response to the composer’s combative, hair trigger dynamic contrasts... A riveting release on every level." - Gramophone

"He leaps the summit of the piano repertoire with complete success. Performances have a thrilling energy, mania for details, and brim with interpretive ideas that seem to leap out of the speakers in three dimensions." - David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Enquirer

Catalog: MAR 523
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Track Listing:

CD 1

Pathétique - Sonata No. 8, in C minor, Op. 13
1 I Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio
2 II Adagio cantabile
3 III Rondo: Allegro

Moonlight - Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No 2
4 I Adagio sostenuto (Listen)
5 II Allegretto
6 III Presto

Appassionata - Sonata No. 23, in F minor, Op. 57
7 I Allegro assa
8 II Andante con moto
9 III Allegro ma non troppo

Les adieux - Sonata No. 26, in E flat, Op. 81a
10 I Das Lebewohl (The Farewell): Adagio – Allegro
11 II Abwesenheit (Absence): Andante espressivo
12 III Das Wiedersehen (The Reunion): Vivacissimamente

CD 2

Tempest - Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2
1 I Largo – Allegro
2 II Adagio
3 III Allegretto

Hammerklavier - Sonata # 29 in B-flat major, Opus 106
4 I Allegro
5 II Scherzo: Assai vivace
6 III Adagio sostenuto
7 IV Introduzione - Fuga: Allegro risoluto

Total playing time: 2:13:00

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