Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Nos, 3, 21, & 30 (1987)


Three Beethoven piano sonatas performed by Italian pianist Maria Tipo. Tipo is more well-known as an interpreter of music from the Baroque Era, but she does an excellent job with these works. For an early digital recording, the sound is remarkably clear; the engineers knew what they were doing.

Tracks: I like all of Beethoven's piano sonatas, so there's nothing here I don't enjoy. I'm partial to the second sonata on the disc (Op. 53, 'Waldstein'), but the theme and variations of Op. 109 are good, too.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: This is one the earliest CDs I ever purchased. During my college years, after discovering it either at a recital or during a music class, I became obsessed with Beethoven's 'Waldstein' sonata so I bought this CD not long after I purchased my first CD player, a Sony D-160.

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