Ludwig van Beethoven – Ronald Brautigam – Hammerklavier Sonatas Opp. 81a, 90 & 106
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,12 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,02 GB | Full Artwork | 3% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: BIS # BIS-SACD-1612 | Country/Year: Sweden 2009
Genre: Classical | Style: Viennese School, Piano
BBC Music Mag., Nov 2009:
“… a fine recital, & the most impressive instalment so far in Brautigam’s Beethoven cycle. The warm-sounding reproduction Graf piano from around 1819 has been very well recorded.”
Ronald Brautigam, one of Holland’s leading musicians, is remarkable not only for his virtuosity & musicality but also for the eclectic nature of his musical interests. In 1995 he began what has proved a highly successful association with the Swedish label BIS. Among the more than 30 titles released so far are Mendelssohn’s Piano Concertos & the complete piano works of Mozart & Haydn on the fortepiano. The year 2004 saw the release of the first of a 17-CD Beethoven cycle, also on the fortepiano.
SA-CD.net review by Beethovenfan September 28, 2009:
Listening to the sonata op 81a, the 1st thing that hit me was the palette of colours Brautigam gets out of the instrument. One moment he gently caresses some limits of the instrument, a few bars futher, the whole instrument sings as if there are no limits. The main profits of this reading are the astonishing pianoforte, the colours Brautigam adds to this composition, & the SACD sound quality, the reading itself resides amongst the existing top versions.
The same goes for the sonata op 90 & so far everything is as we could expect after the 6 previous discs & I was wondering what he would do with the sonata op 106.
The Hammerklaviersonate is one of those works that has been analysed, described, explained in so many essays, lots of books, one of those Beethoven works for which one can find almost 100 recordings. It is unarguably considered as one of Beethoven’s absolute masterpieces. And yet I never liked it… I heard Badura-Skoda, Serkin, Binns, Willis, but no one could convince me, no one could affect me & as I am a Beethoven fan this was always my missing link in my Beethoven cult.
Until I heard Brautigam on this SACD. This is for me his greatest achievement over the 7 Beethoven discs. A breathtaking feeling for everything on the right place. His tempo, speed, accents, volume, absolutely everything is combined to 1 unique reading. Yes, this is a Beethoven sonata! I experienced how Beethoven’s genius, Brautigams insight & virtuosity & the sound of the instrument blended to one grasping, divine moment of beautiful music.Then for artist & listener a demanding fugue is heavenly presented, the complex structure comes out crystal clear.
Add the marvelous sound of the SACD medium & one can consider this SACD as a new reference in recording history. I hope we don’t have to wait another year for the Last Sonatas…
Ludwig van Beethoven – Ronald Brautigam – Complete Works For Solo Piano Vol.7
Hammerklavier Sonatas Opp. 81a, 90 & 106
Format: Hybrid-SACD, Album, Stereo, Multichannel
Style: Viennese School, Piano
1. Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major (‘Les Adieux’), Op. 81a: 1. Das Lebewohl (Les Adieux) Adagio – Allegro
2. Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major (‘Les Adieux’), Op. 81a: 2. Abwesenheit (L’Absence) Andante espressivo (In gehender Bewegung, doc
3. Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major (‘Les Adieux’), Op. 81a: 3. Das Wiedersehen (Le Retour) Vivacissimamente (Im lebhaftesten Zeitmaß
4. Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90: 1. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
5. Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90: 2. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbahr vorgetragen
6. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major (‘Hammerklavier’), Op. 106: 1. Allegro
7. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major (‘Hammerklavier’), Op. 106: 2. Scherzo. Assai vivace
8. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major (‘Hammerklavier’), Op. 106: 3. Adagio sostenuto (Appassionato e con molto sentimento)
9. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major (‘Hammerklavier’), Op. 106: 4. Largo – Allegro risoluto – Fuga a tre voci, con alcune licenze
Volume 7 in Brautigam’s series features a pinnacle of the piano repertoire, the monumental Hammerklavier Sonata. Once more he gives his listeners the opportunity to revisit a well-known work, to experience it in a fresh light, as a result of the clarity & distinctive timbre of Brautigam’s chosen instrument, & his superb, but never self-serving technical command of it.