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Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas

Stephen Kovacevich

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This cycle of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven by Stephen Kovacevich recorded between 1991 and 2002 is easily as good or better than the best cycles of the past 50 years. Bishop is a superb virtuoso, a seasoned interpreter, a profound thinker, and a mature man and he brings all these qualities to bear on the greatest cycle of piano sonatas ever composed. Kovacevich hears the depths as well as the excitement of the early sonatas and the breadth as well as the brilliance of the middle sonatas and he limns the face of the infinite in the late sonatas. EMI's digital sound is warm, clear, and real. The liner notes by Beethoven scholar Joseph Kerman are outstanding. For all the undoubted greatness of Arrau, Ashkenazy, Backhaus, Brendel, and Kempff's cycles, only Stephen Kovacevich's cycle comes close to the magisterial achievement of Artur Schnabel's cycle. It is impossible to over-recommend this set.
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1
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1: I. Allegro
00:03:11

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1: II. Adagio
00:04:18

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1: III. Menuetto. Allegretto
00:02:57

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1: IV. Prestissimo
00:04:44

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2 No. 2: I. Allegro vivace
00:06:52

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2 No. 2: II. Largo appassionato
00:05:35

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2 No. 2: III. Scherzo. Allegretto
00:03:24

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2 No. 2: IV. Rondo. Grazioso
00:06:29

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2 No. 3: I. Allegro con brio
00:09:22

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2 No. 3: II. Adagio
00:06:18

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2 No. 3: III. Scherzo. Allegro
00:03:16

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2 No. 3: IV. Allegro assai
00:05:04

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2003 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7: I. Allegro molto e con brio
00:08:12

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2000 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7: II. Largo, con gran espressione
00:06:21

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2000 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

15
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7: III. Allegro
00:04:44

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2000 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

16
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7: IV. Rondo. Poco allegretto e grazioso
00:06:31

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2000 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

17
Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10 No. 1: I. Allegro molto e con brio
00:04:49

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

18
Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10 No. 1: II. Adagio molto
00:07:56

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

19
Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10 No. 1: III. Finale. Prestissimo
00:04:04

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

20
Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10 No. 2: I. Allegro
00:05:42

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

21
Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10 No. 2: II. Allegretto
00:03:13

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

22
Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10 No. 2: III. Presto
00:02:26

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

23
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3: I. Presto
00:06:48

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

24
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3: II. Largo e mesto
00:07:35

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

25
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3: III. Menuetto. Allegro
00:02:32

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

26
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3: IV. Rondo. Allegro
00:04:02

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

27
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique": I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
00:08:47

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1998 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

28
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique": II. Adagio cantabile
00:05:33

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1998 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

29
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique": III. Rondo. Allegro
00:04:17

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1998 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

30
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14 No. 1: I. Allegro
00:06:33

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1998 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

31
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14 No. 1: II. Allegretto
00:03:15

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1998 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

32
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14 No. 1: III. Rondo. Allegro comodo
00:03:11

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1998 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

33
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14 No. 2: I. Allegro
00:06:48

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1998 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

34
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14 No. 2: II. Andante
00:04:17

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1998 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

35
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14 No. 2: III. Scherzo. Allegro assai
00:03:28

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1998 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

36
Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22: I. Allegro con brio
00:07:19

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1998 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

37
Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22: II. Adagio con molto espressione
00:07:13

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1998 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

38
Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22: III. Menuetto
00:03:16

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1998 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

39
Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22: IV. Rondo. Allegretto
00:06:08

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1998 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

40
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26: I. (a) Andante con variazioni
00:01:06

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

41
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26: I. (b) Variation I -
00:01:00

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

42
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26: I. (c) Variation II
00:00:47

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

43
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26: I. (d) Variation III
00:00:51

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

44
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26: I. (e) Variation IV -
00:00:49

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

45
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26: I. (f) Variation V
00:01:26

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

46
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26: II. Scherzo. Allegro molto
00:02:48

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

47
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26: III. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un eroe. Maestoso andante
00:05:44

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

48
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26: IV. Allegro
00:03:01

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

49
Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 1: I. Andante
00:04:57

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

50
Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 1: II. Allegro molto e vivace
00:01:45

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, Piano, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2001 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

This cycle of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven by Stephen Kovacevich recorded between 1991 and 2002 is easily as good or better than the best cycles of the past 50 years. Bishop is a superb virtuoso, a seasoned interpreter, a profound thinker, and a mature man and he brings all these qualities to bear on the greatest cycle of piano sonatas ever composed. Kovacevich hears the depths as well as the excitement of the early sonatas and the breadth as well as the brilliance of the middle sonatas and he limns the face of the infinite in the late sonatas. EMI's digital sound is warm, clear, and real. The liner notes by Beethoven scholar Joseph Kerman are outstanding. For all the undoubted greatness of Arrau, Ashkenazy, Backhaus, Brendel, and Kempff's cycles, only Stephen Kovacevich's cycle comes close to the magisterial achievement of Artur Schnabel's cycle. It is impossible to over-recommend this set.
© TiVo

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