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Classical - Released January 1, 1988 | Eterna

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Classical - Released January 1, 1985 | Eterna

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Accordion - Released May 13, 2016 | Berlin Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Berlin Classics

Perhaps no other composer offers pianists the Herculean challenge of the immensely shifting styles found in the sonatas of Beethoven that spanned virtually his entire lifetime. The four sonatas heard here represent not only Beethoven's three major style periods, but are exceptional examples of the innovations and demands he made of the genre. The "Tempest" Sonata, with Beethoven's fleeting reference to the work of Shakespeare, is by far one of the most tumultuous works for the piano up to that time. The key alone of the Op. 78 Sonata was surprising; the use of the bright key of F sharp major for an entire composition was almost unheard of at the time. And finally comes the Op. 106 Sonata, the so-called "Hammerklavier," which Beethoven himself intended to be his grandest piano sonata and would challenge pianists far into the future. Pianist Peter Rosel is indeed up to the challenges that Beethoven has set before him. As to the difficulty of changing technique along with style period, Rosel makes it seem easy. His approach to the instrument is much more appropriately playful in Op. 31/3, and very dark and sensual in the deeply introspective Op. 106. The third movement of Op. 106, which is executed with deceptive simplicity and sentimentality, is the highest achievement on the album. While this album is absolutely suitable as an introduction to these works, or even as a supplement to an existing collection, it is still not likely to replace the likes of Kempff or Richter. © TiVo
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Classical - Released April 24, 2020 | Eterna

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Classical - Released February 9, 2009 | Berlin Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1977 | Berlin Classics

This slipcase contains three separate Mozart recitals recorded in 1975, 1979, and 1983 by East German pianist Peter Rösel, and each one is a brilliant combination of playing and programming. Rösel's first recital starts with a moody C minor Fantasy followed by a dramatic C minor Sonata, a graceful set of 10 Variations on Gluck's "Unser dummer Pöbel meint," a serene Minuet in D, and a blissful C major Sonata -- thereby tracing the journey from darkness to light. His second opens with a vivacious D major Sonata and a witty F major Sonata followed by a quaint set of 12 Variations on an original theme in B flat major and a coy set of 8 Variations on "Ein Weib ist das herrlichste Ding" from the singspiel Der dumme Gärtner -- thereby presenting a variety show of pianistic delights. His third begins with a sanguine F major Sonata followed by a melancholic B minor Adagio, a robust B flat major Sonata, and a choleric set of Variations on a minuet by Duport -- thereby representing the four musical temperaments. A virtuoso who always focuses on the music and never on the brilliance of his playing, Rösel may not seem to some to sparkle enough for Mozart. But his ideal balance of thought and feeling and the exemplary lucidity of his playing may seem to others to be ideal for the composer. Berlin Classics' very late stereo recordings are direct and immediate, if a bit gray. © TiVo
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Keyboard Concertos - Released January 1, 2004 | Berlin Classics

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Classical - Released August 1, 2010 | CapriccioNR

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Classical - Released January 1, 1972 | Eterna

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Classical - Released April 3, 2007 | Berlin Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1974 | Eterna

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Classical - Released January 27, 2009 | Berlin Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1972 | Eterna

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Concertos - Released January 1, 1987 | CapriccioNR

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Classical - Released February 16, 1984 | Eterna

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Classical - Released January 1, 1982 | Corona Classics Collection

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Classical - Released May 13, 1980 | Eterna

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