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, September 5, 2012

Beethoven - Piano Sonatas 13-15 (1992)

Three Beethoven piano sonatas performed by Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini. These sonatas were written in the years 1800-01. Pollini plays exquisitely in a very pure, exact style, comparable to Rubenstein. The recording is very clear without many overtones. A great way to begin a day.

Tracks: It's all good (Beethoven really knew how to write for piano, didn't he?). My favorite movements are the second movement of Sonata 13, and, of course, the opening movement of the Moonlight Sonata, #14. The Moonlight is a deceptively difficult piece which I love not only for its beauty but because of the pertinacious downward movement in the left hand.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None. I bought this solely to have the Moonlight Sonata in my collection.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Symphony No. 6 (1989)
Symphonies No. 5 & No. 7 (1988)
Piano Sonatas Nos, 3, 21, & 30 (1987)
"Choral" Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 (1983)

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