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Michael Korstick - Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas [10 CD Box Set] (2012) (LOSSLESS & MP3)

9-07-2014, 17:57
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Michael Korstick - Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas [10 CD Box Set] (2012) (LOSSLESS & MP3)

Artist: Michael Korstick
Title Of Album: Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas
Year Of Release: 2012
Label: Oehms Classics
Genre: Classical, Piano
Quality: MP3/FLAC (Image+.cue)
Bitrate: 320 kbps/Lossless
Time: 13:35:56 min
Total Size: 1,75 Gb/2,04 Gb
WWW: amazon

CD01 - Piano Sonatas No.1, 2, 3
CD02 - Piano Sonatas No.4, 9, 10, 12
CD03 - Piano Sonatas No.5, 6, 7, 8
CD04 - Piano Sonatas No.11, 13, 14, 19, 20
CD05 - Piano Sonata No.15, Variations
CD06 - Piano Sonatas No.16, 17, 18
CD07 - Piano Sonatas No.21, 22, 23
CD08 - Piano Sonatas No.24, 25, 26, 27, 28
CD09 - Piano Sonata No.29, Bagatelles, Rondo a capriccio
CD10 - Piano Sonatas No.30, 31, 32

Michael Korstick - Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas [10 CD Box Set] (2012) (LOSSLESS & MP3)

Michael Korstick - Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas [10 CD Box Set] (2012) (LOSSLESS & MP3)

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Panhistoricus   User offline   17 February 2016 18:24

Unlike most young pianists of today (and even of the 1960s) who couldn’t wait to start recording “their” interpretation of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Michael Korstick waited until he was 42 years old before entering the studio for the first time. Most of these recordings were made when he was in his 50s (he turned 60 in 2015). Those years of hard work, study, and patience were not wasted. These are, in my estimation, the finest “standard” interpretations of the Beethoven sonatas (although the slow movement of the “Hammerklavier” runs nearly a half hour!). I still love the Annie Fischer set for its unusual interpretations and seat-of-the-pants excitement, but for “home ground” I now turn to Korstick rather than Schnabel or O’Conor, who I had previously liked the best. Among the other Beethoven sonata sets I have heard in whole or in part are Schnabel, Gieseking (mostly live performances, and missing Sonata No. 22), Backhaus (early-‘50s mono), Kempff (early ‘60s stereo), Claude Frank, Gulda #2, Richard Goode, Buchbinder and Craig Sheppard. I have also heard individual sonatas recorded by Solomon, Egon Petri, Maria Yudina, Van Cliburn, Sviiatoslav Richter, Bruce Hungerford and Sophie Agranovich, all excellent in their own way. But really and truly, what Korstick achieves here is almost miraculous. In every sonata he gets to the heart of what is in the score, by which I mean that all of those “impossible” accent markings, sforzandos and “fp” designations on a single note are all realized in stunning color and drama. The scores literally come to life under his fingers. In my younger days I tried very hard to be a pianist and it was the Beethoven sonatas that drove me, and although my technique was never good enough to get those incredible runs under my fingers properly, I did manage to capture some of the headlong rush that Korstick achieves here with much better technique. He is a miracle. Thanks to him, I was able to finally omit the Schnabel set from my collection (excellent musical values but sometimes choppy phrasing and inept fingering). This is a new standard in Beethoven sonata playing. I place this proudly alongside my Fischer and Gieseking sets as the best Beethoven sonata cycles I’ve ever heard. Oh yes, the recorded sound is also terrific, being both warm and clear. If you already have another Beethoven sonata set but don’t have this one, you need to hear it, but most especially this is recommended to those who don’t have a complete set by anyone else. This is the place to start.madamemusico's review

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