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Wydawnictwo: Pentatone
Nr katalogowy: PTC 5186724
Nośnik: 1 CD
Data wydania: czerwiec 2021
EAN: 827949072468
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Epoka muzyczna: klasycyzm
Obszar (język): niemiecki
Rodzaj: sonata, wariacje

Beethoven: Hammerklavier Sonata & Eroica Variations

Pentatone - PTC 5186724
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Nagrody i rekomendacje
ICMA Award Nomination BBC Music Choice Classica 4 Limelight
Utwory na płycie:
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier”
15 Variations and a Fugue in E Flat Major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations"
After his acclaimed interpretation of Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux, pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard returns to PENTATONE with a recording of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata and Eroica Variations. The Hammerklavier Sonata is one of the pinnacles of Beethoven’s creative output, and arguably one of the highest mountains to climb for any pianist. To Aimard, it poses one of the most frightening tests of a performer’s life, but one that is as irresistible as it is insurmountable. The dazzling Eroica Variations are nicknamed after Beethoven’s iconoclastic Third Symphony, and employ the melody he would later use as the main theme of the symphony’s finale. Beethoven’s fondness for this melody is evident, as he also used it in his ballet music for The Creatures of Prometheus, as well as in the seventh of his 12 Contredanses.

Widely acclaimed as a key figure in the music of our time and as a uniquely significant interpreter of piano repertoire from every age, Pierre-Laurent Aimard enjoys an internationally celebrated career. He started his exclusive engagement to PENTATONE with a complete recording of Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux (2018).

“How to act in the face of the incomprehensible, the immeasurable? Closing your eyes without letting yourself be too distressed - remaining prostrate in a type of comfort only humans can experience? Or open them fully, at the risk of getting lost, of slipping into a stupor?

The Hammerklavier Sonata surpasses all understanding. Facing it is one of the most frightening tests of a performer’s life. But it is as irresistible as it is insurmountable. To dare to embody it can only be an attempt to wrest the unfathomable from sound matter.

Postponed many times, this recording was finally made possible thanks to the inspiring turmoil and the fascinating recess that the “Corona crisis” engendered.”

This album was recorded at the Stefaniensaal in Graz, Austria in July 2020.

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