Friedrich Gulda plays Beethoven

Friedrich Gulda plays Beethoven

by Friedrich Gulda
     
 
Friedrich Gulda recorded the complete piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven three times, first in 1954 for Austrian Radio (which is released in this mono set by Orfeo), then for a second time between 1954 and 1958 for Decca, and last in 1967 for Amadeo; the third was subsequently reissued by Brilliant. The extraordinary achievement of recording these sets in such

Overview

Friedrich Gulda recorded the complete piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven three times, first in 1954 for Austrian Radio (which is released in this mono set by Orfeo), then for a second time between 1954 and 1958 for Decca, and last in 1967 for Amadeo; the third was subsequently reissued by Brilliant. The extraordinary achievement of recording these sets in such rapid succession inspires awe and invites comparisons, which Gulda would not have minded, for he was aware that different recordings offer various insights and appeal to listeners for many valid reasons. Before this set came to light, listeners only knew the Decca and Amadeo recordings, so having this early cycle provides yet another view of this extraordinary pianist's thinking about Beethoven. The "32 Piano Sonatas" are central to Beethoven's development, and in them one can find his Classical roots and the growth of his Romantic outlook, so the music accommodates many divergent interpretations, from controlled and intellectually rigorous to wreckless and emotionally explosive. Gulda's Beethoven belongs in the former category, for his playing is always transparent and his expression stays well within acceptable Classical bounds. This is not to say that Gulda isn't impassioned where appropriate, but his concern for accuracy trumps other considerations, and clarity is uppermost in his approach. The box set also includes Gulda's 1957 recordings of the "Eroica Variations, Op. 35"; the "Diabelli Variations, Op. 120"; and the "Six Bagatelles, Op. 12"6, so Beethoven's core works for piano are brought together in this nine-CD collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2010
Label:
Orfeo
UPC:
4011790808925
catalogNumber:
808109
Rank:
282703

Tracks

  1. Variations (33) on a waltz by Diabelli, for piano in C major ("Diabelli Variations"), Op. 120  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  2. Variations (15) and fugue on a theme from "Prometheus" for piano in E flat major ("Eroica Variations"), Op. 35  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  3. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  4. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  5. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  6. Bagatelles (6) for piano, Op. 126  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  7. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major ("Hammerklavier"), Op. 106  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  8. Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  9. Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major ("A Thérèse"), Op. 78  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  10. Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major ("Cuckoo"), Op. 79  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  11. Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major ("Les Adieux"), Op. 81a  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  12. Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  13. Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  14. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor ("Appassionata"), Op. 57  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  15. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major ("Waldstein"), Op. 53  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  16. Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49/2  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  17. Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49/1  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  18. Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major ("Hunt"), Op. 31/3  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  19. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor ("Tempest"), Op. 31/2  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  20. Piano Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31/1  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  21. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major ("Pastoral"), Op. 28  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  22. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  23. Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat major ("Quasi una fantasia"), Op. 27/1  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  24. Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major ("Funeral March"), Op. 26  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  25. Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Op. 22  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  26. Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14/2  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  27. Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14/1  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  28. Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10/3  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  29. Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10/2  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  30. Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10/1  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  31. Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major ("Grand Sonata"), Op. 7  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  32. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  33. Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2/3  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  34. Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2/2  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda
  35. Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2/1  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Friedrich Gulda

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