Buchbinder-Beethoven: The Sonata Legacy

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Rudolf Buchbinder has recorded the complete cycle of Ludwig van Beethoven's piano sonatas twice: the first set was on Teldec, released in 1992, and the second on RCA, released in 2012. A thorough-going musician with meticulous technique and exacting standards, Buchbinder is famous for adhering to original sources and avoiding anything not specified by the composer. As a result of his rigorous scholarship, his playing is precise and clear, and everything sounds as it appears on the page, with astonishing attention to detail. His Beethoven is best appreciated by listeners who share his devotion to the letter of the music, but those who incline more to the spirit of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Rudolf Buchbinder has recorded the complete cycle of Ludwig van Beethoven's piano sonatas twice: the first set was on Teldec, released in 1992, and the second on RCA, released in 2012. A thorough-going musician with meticulous technique and exacting standards, Buchbinder is famous for adhering to original sources and avoiding anything not specified by the composer. As a result of his rigorous scholarship, his playing is precise and clear, and everything sounds as it appears on the page, with astonishing attention to detail. His Beethoven is best appreciated by listeners who share his devotion to the letter of the music, but those who incline more to the spirit of the music may find Buchbinder to be dry and cerebral, and not especially passionate. While the stereotype of Beethoven suggests storm-tossed and brooding music that must be played with abandon, the piano sonatas are by and large Classical in temperament, and Buchbinder is sparing with high emotions and reserved in all but the most clearly turbulent passages. In this manner, Buchbinder lets the music take center stage, unadulterated by conventions or popular expectations, and he seems a little self-effacing for the utter lack of grandstanding or egotistical manipulation. Buchbinder's set is well worth exploring at length, especially by students and Beethoven aficionados who take these works seriously.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2012
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886978751027
  • Catalog Number: 787510

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (16:30)
  2. 5–8 Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (22:00)
  3. 9–12 Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2/3 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (26:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major ("Grand Sonata"), Op. 7 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (29:38)
  2. 5–7 Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (15:25)
  3. 8–10 Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (11:12)
Disc 3
  1. 1–4 Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10/3 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (22:21)
  2. 5–7 Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (18:55)
  3. 8–10 Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (12:41)
  4. 11–13 Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (14:55)
Disc 4
  1. 1–4 Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Op. 22 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (26:38)
  2. 5–8 Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major ("Funeral March"), Op. 26 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (18:41)
  3. 9–12 Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat major ("Quasi una fantasia"), Op. 27/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (14:28)
  4. 13–15 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (16:01)
Disc 5
  1. 1–4 Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major ("Pastoral"), Op. 28 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (24:51)
  2. 5–7 Piano Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (23:42)
  3. 8–10 Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor ("Tempest"), Op. 31/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (20:38)
Disc 6
  1. 1–4 Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major ("Hunt"), Op. 31/3 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (22:07)
  2. 5–6 Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (7:41)
  3. 7–8 Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (9:31)
  4. 9–11 Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major ("Waldstein"), Op. 53 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (24:19)
  5. 12–13 Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (10:01)
Disc 7
  1. 1–3 Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor ("Appassionata"), Op. 57 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (23:45)
  2. 4–5 Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major ("A Thérèse"), Op. 78 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (9:34)
  3. 6–8 Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major ("Cuckoo"), Op. 79 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (10:24)
  4. 9–11 Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major ("Les Adieux"), Op. 81a - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (17:02)
  5. 12–13 Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (15:30)
Disc 8
  1. 1–4 Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (19:49)
  2. 5–8 Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major ("Hammerklavier"), Op. 106 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (41:17)
Disc 9
  1. 1–3 Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (20:35)
  2. 4–6 Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (21:56)
  3. 7–8 Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Rudolf Buchbinder (29:05)
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Rudolf Buchbinder Primary Artist
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