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Sonatas

Beethoven's cycle of 32 Piano Sonatas is one of the pinnacles of the piano literature. A true compendium of piano style, the sonatas range from the ebullient and classical early works, which take their clue from Haydn and Mozart, to the far-reaching and inward-looking late sonatas that were so ahead of their time that no-one understood or even appreciated them at the time. This monumental and unrivaled set of sonatas belongs to the very core of every great pianists' repertoire, and is a vivid reminder of Beethoven's musical credo :

Wem meine Musik sich verständlich macht, der muß frei werden von all dem Elend, womit sich die anderen schleppen.

(Whoever gets to know and understand my music, will be freed from all the misery that drags down others.)














Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1 (1795)
Joseph Haydn gewidmet
Complete recording by Andreas Pfaul
1Allegro 3:45
2Adagio 5:46
3Menuetto - Allegretto 3:23
4Prestissimo 8:17
Various artists
1Allegro 3:58Hensley, M.
Sonata No.2 in A major, Op.2 No.2 (1795)
Joseph Haydn gewidmet
Complete recording by Mark Budd
1Allegro vivace 7:52
2Largo appassionato 7:09
3Scherzo - Allegretto3:35
4Rondo - Grazioso 7:15
Sonata No.3 in C Major, Op.2 No.3 (1796)
Joseph Haydn gewidmet
Complete recording by Richard Anatone
1Allegro con brio 10:09
2Adagio 7:24
3Scherzo - Allegro 3:16
4Allegro assai 5:22
Complete recording by Mark Hensley
1Allegro con brio 8:22
2Adagio 10:48
3Scherzo - Allegro 3:40
4Allegro assai 6:20
Sonata No.4 in E-flat Major, Op.7 (1796-97)
Der Gräfin Anna Margarete von Browne gewidmet
Complete recording by Dejan Sinadinovic
1Allegro molto e con brio 3:44
2Largo, con gran espressione 2:30
3Allegro 4:59
4Rondo 6:25
Complete recording by Nuccio Trotta
1Allegro molto e con brio 9:20
2Largo, con gran espressione8:26
3Allegro 6:22
4Rondo 7:10
Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10 No.1 (1795-97)
Der Gräfin Babette von Keglevics gewidmet
Various artists
1Molto allegro e con brio5:44Assimakopoulos, P.
1Molto allegro e con brio5:38McCarthy, M.
2Adagio molto 9:37Assimakopoulos, P.
2Adagio molto 8:35McCarthy, M.
Sonata No.6 in F major, Op.10 No.2 (1798)
Der Gräfin Anna Margarete von Browne gewidmet
Complete recording by Chris Breemer
1Allegro 6:37
2Allegretto 3:50
3Presto 4:11
Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10 No.3 (1798)
Der Gräfin Anna Margarete von Browne gewidmet
Complete recording by John Robson
1Presto 7:54
2Largo e mesto 10:36
3Menuetto, Allegro 3:33
4Rondo, Allegro 5:04
Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 (1789)
Dem Fürsten Carl von Lichnowsky gewidmet
Complete recording by Tom Pascale
1Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio8:36
2Adagio cantabile 5:07
3Rondo: Allegro 4:54
Complete recording by Kaila Rochelle
1Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio10:25
2Adagio cantabile 6:49
3Rondo: Allegro 5:18
Various artists
2Adagio cantabile5:45Rebecq, H.
2Adagio cantabile5:03Silva, M.
2Adagio cantabile4:27Simionescu, R.
Sonata No.9 in E major, Op.14 No.1 (1798)
Die Baronin Josefa von Braun gewidmet
Complete recording by Jan Bertram
1Allegro 6:59
2Allegretto 3:21
3Rondo 3:44
Complete recording by Jan-Felix Lebenstedt
1Allegro 3:16
2Allegretto 7:12
3Rondo 3:31
Complete recording by Kaila Rochelle
1Allegro 6:32
2Allegretto 3:52
3Rondo 3:15
Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.14 No.2 (1798)
Die Baronin Josefa von Braun gewidmet
Complete recording by Jan Bertram
1Allegro 7:08
2Andante 5:09
3Scherzo. Allegro assai3:57
Complete recording by Joseph Renouf
1Allegro 6:55
2Andante 5:26
3Scherzo. Allegro assai3:44
Complete recording by Hannah Shields
1Allegro 6:22
2Andante 6:00
3Scherzo. Allegro assai3:18
Sonata No.11 in B flat major, Op.22 (1800)
Dem Grafen von Braun gewidmet
Complete recording by Chris Breemer
1Allegro con brio 8:36
2Adagio con molta espressione8:12
3Menuetto 3:05
4Rondo - Allegretto 7:05
Sonata No.12 in A-flat major, Op.26 (1798)
Dem Fürsten Carl von Lichnowsky gewidmet
Complete recording by Richard Pohl
1-4Sonata Op. 26 (complete)19:11
Complete recording by Daniel Hoehr
1Andante con Variazioni 7:38
2Scherzo: Allegro molto 3:08
3Marche funebre 6:11
4Allegro 2:58
Complete recording by Harald Vetter
1Andante con Variazioni 8:17
2Scherzo: Allegro molto 3:37
3Marche funebre 5:00
4Allegro 3:28
Various artists
1Andante con Variazioni 7:57Gardels, C.
4Allegro 4:01Kopp, S.
Sonata No.13 in E-flat major, Op.27 No.1 (1801) "Sonata quasi una Fantasia"
Der Fürstin von Lichtenstein gewidmet
Complete recording by Mauro Bertoli
1Andante 4:55
2Allegro molto vivace 2:04
3Adagio con espressione 2:41
4Allegro vivace 5:24
Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 (1801) "Mondschein"
Die Gräfin Giulietta Guicciardi gewidmet
Complete recording by Sandro Bisotti
1Adagio sostenuto 5:54
2Allegretto 2:08
3Presto agitato 5:50
Complete recording by Richard Pohl
1-3
Adagio sostenuto-Alegretto-Presto agitato14:34
Complete recording by Kaila Rochelle
1Adagio sostenuto 8:01
2Allegretto 2:49
3Presto agitato 7:02
Various artists
1Adagio sostenuto6:05Brest, D.
1Adagio sostenuto5:04Dukes, C.
1Adagio sostenuto5:55Grant, J.L.
1Adagio sostenuto7:14Kopp, S.
1Adagio sostenuto6:43McCarthy, M.
1Adagio sostenuto6:24Syeles, A.
Sonata No.15 in D major, Op.28 "Pastorale" (1801)
Joseph Edlen von Sonnenfels gewidmet
Complete recording by Karine Gilanyan
1Allegro 6:38
2Andante 7:03
3Scherzo: Allegro vivace 1:58
4Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo 4:56
Complete recording by Joseph Renouf
1Allegro 9:22
2Andante 6:00
3Scherzo: Allegro vivace 2:16
4Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo 4:36
Complete recording by Kaila Rochelle
1Allegro 9:32
2Andante 6:51
3Scherzo: Allegro vivace 2:58
4Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo 5:37
Various artists
2Andante7:17Castellano, J.
Sonata No.16 in G major, Op.31. No.1 (1801-02)
Complete recording by Chris Breemer
1 Allegro vivace7:17
2 Adagio grazioso9:45
3 Rondo - Allegretto7:35
Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 (1802) "The Tempest"
Complete recording by Sandro Bisotti
1Largo - Allegro 6:49
2Adagio 8:55
3Allegretto 8:36
Complete recording by Andreas Pfaul
3Largo - Allegro 9:03
3Adagio 7:36
3Allegretto 7:13
Complete recording by Harald Vetter
1Largo - Allegro 8:28
2Adagio 5:57
3Allegretto 8:26
Complete recording by Matthew Wyman
1Largo - Allegro 6:46
2Adagio 8:13
3Allegretto 5:39
Various artists
1Largo - Allegro 8:13Anatone, R.
2Adagio 7:36Alianello, M.
3Allegretto 6:35Anatone, R.
3Allegretto 6:00Kaidja, L.
3Allegretto 7:18Villeneuve, M.
Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, Op.31 No.3 (1802)
Complete recording by Mark Budd
1Allegro 08:52
2Scherzo. Allegretto vivace 05:18
3Menuetto. Moderato e grazioso 04:34
4Presto con fuoco 05:12
Various artists
1Allegro9:44Stehlik, B.
Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op.49 No.1
Complete recording by Monica Alianello
1Andante 4:07
2Rondo: Allegro3:50
Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op.49 No.2
Complete recording by Chris Breemer
1Allegro ma non troppo5:07
2Tempo di Menuetto3:44
Various artists
1Allegro3:25Morin-Paul, N.
Sonata No.21 in C major, Op.53 (1805) "Waldstein"
Dem Grafen von Waldstein gewidmet
Complete recording by Michael Hawley
1 Allegro con brio 10:53
2-3Introduzione: Adagio molto - Rondo: Allegretto moderato13:07
Complete recording by Michael Kaykov
1 Allegro con brio 8:19
2-3Introduzione: Adagio molto - Rondo: Allegretto moderato13:00
Complete recording by Felipe Sarro
1Allegro con brio 11:28
2Introduzione: Adagio molto 3:34
3Rondo: Allegretto moderato 11:02
Various artists
1Allegro con brio 10:30Kopp, S.
3Rondo: Allegretto moderato 10:04Weigl, P.
Sonata No.22 in F major, Op.54 (1804)
Complete recording by Ahmed Anzaldua
1-2In tempo d'un menuetto - Allegretto10:55Anzaldua, A.

1In tempo d'un menuetto5:28McKinney, A.
Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 (1804-06) "Appassionata"
Dem Grafen Franz von Brunswick gewidmet
Complete recording by Sandro Bisotti
1Allegro Assai 11:03
2Andante con moto 6:49
3Allegro ma non troppo 6:10
Complete recording by Irina Klyuev
1-3Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 "Appassionata"21:53

1Allegro assai 9:14Kopp, S.
3Allegro ma non troppo 5:21Kopp, S.
Sonata No.24 in F-sharp major, Op.78 (1809) "A Therese"
Die Gräfin Theresa von Brunswick gewidmet
Complete recording by Martin Malmgren
1-2Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo3:48
Sonata No.25 in G major, Op.79 (1809)
Complete recording (2012) by Monica Alianello
1Presto alla tedesca 3:46
2Andante 2:46
3Vivace 2:29
Various artists
1Presto alla tedesca 3:00Underwood, H.
2Andante 2:25Kolarova, G.
Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a (1809-10) "Les Adieux"
Dem Erzherzog Rudolph gewidmet
Complete recording (2014) by Francois de Larrard
1
Les Adieux
7:12

2-3
L'Absence, Le Retour10:05

Various artists
2L'Absence 3:53Harrison, D.
Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90 (1814)
Dem Grafen Lichnowsky gewidmet
Complete recording by Randolph Hokanson
1-2Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck,
Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen
14:06 Hokanson, R.
Complete recording by Chiara Bertoglio
1Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck5:20
2Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen 8:08
Complete recording by Richard Pohl
1Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck 5:20
2Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen 8:08
Complete recording by Jason Thomas
1Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck 6:25
2Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen 9:15
Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101 (1816)
Die Freiin Dorothea Ertmann gewidmet
Complete recording by Daniel Goodman
1 Allegretto, ma non troppo 3:34
2 Vivace alla Marcia 5:52
3,4Adagio, ma non troppo, con affetto - Allegro 11:35
Various artists
1Allegretto, ma non troppo 4:54Bertazzi, A.
Sonata No.29 in B flat major, Op. 106 (1817-18) "Hammerklavier"
Dem Erzherzog Rudolph gewidmet
Complete recording by Sarara Momokawa
1Allegro 10:45
2Assai vivace 2:39
3Adagio sostenuto 18:07
4Largo - Allegro - Allegro resoluto 12:12
Sonata No.30 in E major, Op. 109 (1821)
Fraulein Maximiliana Brentano gewidmet
Complete recording by . . .
1Vivace, ma non troppo
2Prestissimo
3Gesangvoll, mit innigstem empfindung
Sonata No.31 in A-flat major, Op.110 (1821)
Complete recording by Julia Froschhammer
1Moderato cantabile, molto espressivo 5:52
2Allegro molto 2:03
3Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga 9:22
Various artists
3Adagio ma non troppo - Arioso dolente 3:38Brest, D.
1Moderato cantabile, molto espressivo 6:23Gardels, C.
Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 (1821-22)
Complete recording by Francois de Larrard
1Maestoso; Allegro con brio ed appassionato 8:37
2Arietta: Adagio molto, semplice e cantabile15:51