Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-32 (Complete) Mari Kodama

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  • Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827): Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 (Waldstein):
  • 1I. Allegro con brio10:49
  • 2II. Introduzione: Adagio molto03:18
  • 3III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo09:30
  • Piano Sonata No.23 in F-, Op.57 (Appassionata):
  • 4I. Allegro assai09:07
  • 5II. Andante con moto06:17
  • 6III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto05:11
  • Piano Sonata No.26 in Eb, Op.81a (Les Adieux):
  • 7I. Das Lebewohl: Adagio. Allegro06:43
  • 8II. Abwesenheit: Andante espressivo04:01
  • 9III. Das Wiedersehn: Vivacissimamente05:02
  • Piano Sonata No.14 in C#-, Op.27, No.2 (Moonlight):
  • 10I. Adagio sostenuto05:40
  • 11II. Allegro02:40
  • 12III. Presto07:11
  • Piano Sonata No.4 in Eb (Grand Sonata), Op.7:
  • 13I. Allegro molto e con brio08:03
  • 14II. Largo, con gran espressione08:03
  • 15III. Allegro05:15
  • 16IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso07:11
  • Piano Sonata No.11 in Bb, Op.22:
  • 17I. Allegro con brio07:22
  • 18II. Adagio con molto espressione06:59
  • 19III. Minuetto03:17
  • 20IV. Rondo: Allegretto06:24
  • Piano Sonata No.1 in F-, Op.2, No.1:
  • 21I. Allegro03:55
  • 22II. Adagio04:45
  • 23III. Menuetto: Allegretto04:03
  • 24IV. Prestissimo04:57
  • Piano Sonata No.2 in A, Op.2, No.2 :
  • 25I. Allegro vivace06:52
  • 26II. Largo appassionato06:19
  • 27III. Scherzo: Allegretto - Trio03:02
  • 28IV. Rondo: Grazioso07:02
  • Piano Sonata No.3 in C, Op.2, No.3:
  • 29I. Allegro con brio10:19
  • 30II. Adagio07:06
  • 31III. Scherzo: Allegro - Trio03:16
  • 32IV. Allegro assai05:30
  • Piano Sonata No.8 in C-, Op.13 (Pathétique):
  • 33I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio08:51
  • 34II. Adagio cantabile05:15
  • 35III. Rondo: Allegro04:50
  • Piano Sonata No.5 in C-, Op.10, No.1:
  • 36I. Molto allegro e con brio05:34
  • 37II. Adagio molto07:55
  • 38III. Finale: Prestissimo04:29
  • Piano Sonata No.6 in F, Op.10, No.2 :
  • 39I. Allegro08:49
  • 40II. Allegretto04:43
  • 41III. Finale: Presto04:01
  • Piano Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10, No.3:
  • 42I. Presto07:15
  • 43II. Largo e mesto09:19
  • 44III. Menuetto - Trio - Menuetto: Allegro02:42
  • 45IV. Rondo: Allegro04:14
  • Piano Sonata No.16 in G, Op.31, No.1:
  • 46I. Allegro vivace06:33
  • 47II. Adagio grazioso11:48
  • 48III. Rondo allegretto07:10
  • Piano Sonata No.17 in D-, Op.31, No.2 (Tempest):
  • 49I. Lento - Allegro09:00
  • 50II. Adagio08:00
  • 51III. Allegretto06:37
  • Piano Sonata No.18 in Eb, Op.31, No.3 (The Hunt):
  • 52I. Allegro07:48
  • 53II. Scherzo: Allegretto vivace05:06
  • 54III. Minuet: Moderato e grazioso04:29
  • 55IV. Presto con fuoco04:59
  • Piano Sonata No.12 in Ab, Op.26 (Funeral March):
  • 56I. Andante con variazioni07:58
  • 57II. Scherzo: Molto allegro02:42
  • 58III. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un eroe06:09
  • 59IV. Allegro03:37
  • Piano Sonata No.13 in Eb, Op.27, No.1 (Quasi una fantasia):
  • 60I. Andante05:01
  • 61II. Allegro molto e vivace01:55
  • 62III. Adagio con espressione02:58
  • 63IV. Allegro vivace05:43
  • Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 (Pastoral):
  • 64I. Allegro10:11
  • 65II. Andante06:10
  • 66III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace02:22
  • 67IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo04:34
  • Piano Sonata No.27 in E-, Op.90:
  • 68I. Mit lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck05:35
  • 69II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen07:35
  • Piano Sonata No.9 in E, Op.14, No.1:
  • 70I. Allegro07:03
  • 71II. Allegretto03:02
  • 72III. Rondo: Allegro comodo03:10
  • Piano Sonata No.10 in G, Op.14, No.2:
  • 73I. Allegro07:00
  • 74II. Andante05:53
  • 75III. Scherzo: Allegro assai03:37
  • Piano Sonata No.22 in F, Op.54:
  • 76I. In tempo d'un minuetto05:37
  • 77II. Allegretto - Piu allegro05:37
  • Piano Sonata No.19 in G-, Op.49, No.1:
  • 78I. Andante04:05
  • 79II. Rondo: Allegro03:45
  • Piano Sonata No.20 in G, Op.49, No.2:
  • 80I. Allegro ma non troppo04:17
  • 81II. Tempo di menuetto03:26
  • Piano Sonata No.24 in F#, Op.78 (For Therese):
  • 82I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo08:05
  • 83II. Allegro vivace03:13
  • Piano Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79 (Cuckoo):
  • 84I. Presto alla tedesca04:59
  • 85II. Andante03:10
  • 86III. Vivace02:05
  • Piano Sonata No.29 in Bb, Op.106 (Hammerklavier):
  • 87I. Allegro11:11
  • 88II. Scherzo: Assai vivace - Presto - Tempo I02:41
  • 89III. Adagio sostenuto, appassionato e con molto sentimento15:53
  • 90IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto11:36
  • Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101:
  • 91I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung03:41
  • 92II. Lebhaft. Marschmassig05:45
  • 93III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll09:23
  • 94IV. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit06:56
  • Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109:
  • 95I. Vivace ma non troppo03:22
  • 96II. Prestissimo02:24
  • 97III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung: Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo13:05
  • Piano Sonata No.31 in Ab, Op.110:
  • 98I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo06:24
  • 99II. Allegro molto02:00
  • 100III. Adagio ma non troppo -03:38
  • 101III. Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo06:28
  • Piano Sonata No.32 in C-, Op.111:
  • 102I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato09:44
  • 103II. Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile15:54
  • Total Runtime10:25:15

Info for Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-32 (Complete)

The waiting has finally paid off: the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle has finally arrived. Japanese pianist Mari Kodama is only the fourth woman to have recorded all of Beethoven's sonatas (Pizzicato). Although not the first with this achievement, the very idea that an artist can play this music and still introduce a new perspective, as Kodama so often proves with her performances, is astonishing.

As Gramophone eloquently phrases it: ‘Never bearing down heavily on the music, she always allows Beethoven his own voice.'

After starting the recordings in 2003, Mari Kodama completed the final piece in 2013. Once again Ms. Kodama meets all expectations in the pursuit of these horizons, and she entirely takes on the challenge with the last installment of her critically-acclaimed journey through this ever-fascinating cycle.

One can't have too many Beethoven sonata cycles in their library when the performance is this fabulous and the HighRes-sound is just to die for.

Mari Kodama, piano

Mari Kodama - Piano
Mari Kodama has established an international reputation for profound musicality and articulate virtuosity at the keyboard. In performances throughout Europe, the United States and Japan, she plays a broad repertoire in a powerful yet elegant style.

The 06/07 season begins with performances of the Mozart Double Piano Concerto in Japan with her sister, Momo Kodama, and a recital at the Roque d'Antheron Festival in France. In the U.S. this season, Ms. Kodama plays Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2 with the Philaharmonia Baroque in San Francisco, Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 with David Stahl and the Charleston Symphony, and the Haydn Concerto with Mark Wigglesworth and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. This season also marks the end of her complete Beethoven sonata cycles in Tokyo and Nagoya, as well as the completion of her recording of all five Beethoven Piano concerti with Kent Nagano and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

Recent highlights include Mozart concerti with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Portugal as well as Beethoven concerto performances with orchestras in Montreal, Venezuela, Singapore, and Berlin. She played the Schoenberg Concerto with Jonathan Nott and the Bamberg Symphony, a work she has performed also with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony, and on tour in the Netherlands. In Japan, Ms. Kodama is a regular guest with both the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra and the Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra in Tokyo. She played a surpassingly well-received complete Beethoven sonata cycle in Los Angeles, and has appeared in recital in New York, Paris, throughout Japan, Spain and Germany, and much of the U.S. The Los Angeles Times pronounced her performance of the Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto at the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival 'commanding and electrifying.' Ms. Kodama has recorded Prokofiev concerti Nos. 1 and 3 with the Philharmonia Orchestra on the ASV label, and Chopin No. 2 and Carl Loewe's 2nd piano concerto with the Russian National Orchestra on PentaTone Classics. She is also featured on a new recording of Beethoven piano sonatas [PTC 5186-023]. This release, the second installment in her traversal of the complete Beethoven sonatas for the Dutch label, features the 'Moonlight' sonata, Sonata No.4, Op.7, and the 'Pathétique' sonata. The recording is Ms. Kodama's third for the Pentatone label.

Ms. Kodama is a founding member of chamber music festivals in San Francisco, Sapporo and Gmunden. The most unusual of these endeavors is Musical Days at Forest Hill, a set of four concerts presented by Ms. Kodama and her husband, conductor Kent Nagano, at their home in the Forest Hill section of San Francisco ( Rave responses prompted the return of the series in July 2006, with performances by artists including Ms. Kodama, her sister Momo Kodama, baritone Dietrich Henschel and composer-pianist Ichiro Nodaïra. In previous seasons Ms. Kodama has invited friends and colleagues from the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and prominent freelancers from France, Austria and the U.S. to play chamber music at the Forest Hill Club House as a gift to the community. Repertoire ranges from Bach to Messiaen to Schoenberg to Schumann to Schubert, with newer music by such composers as Jacob Druckman and Kurt Rohde.

Born in Osaka and raised in Paris, Ms. Kodama studied piano at the Conservatoire National in Paris with Germaine Mounier and chamber music with Genevieve Joy-Dutilleux. She has also worked with Tatiana Nikolaeva and Alfred Brendel.

Ms. Kodama has played with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the North German Radio Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Berkeley Symphony, the American Symphony Orchestra, and the NHK Orchestra in Japan. She made her New York recital debut at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in 1995. Her U.S. festival appearances include Mostly Mozart, Bard Music Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, California's Midsummer Mozart Festival, Ravinia, and Aspen. In Europe she has appeared at festivals in Lockenhaus, Lyon, Montpelier, Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, Aldeburgh, Verbier and Évian.

Kent Nagano - Conductor
Kent Nagano is renowned for interpretations of clarity, elegance and intelligence. He is equally at home in music of the classical, romantic and contemporary eras, introducing concert and opera audiences throughout the world to new and rediscovered music and offering fresh insights into established repertoire. In September 2006 he became Music Director of both the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Born in California, Nagano maintains close connections with his home state and has been Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra since 1978. His early professional years were spent in Boston, working in the opera house and as assistant conductor to Seiji Ozawa at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He played a key role in the world premiere of Messiaen’s opera Saint François d’Assise at the request of the composer, who became a mentor and bequeathed his piano to the conductor. Nagano’s success in America led to European appointments: Music Director of the Opéra National de Lyon (1988-1998), Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra (1991-2000).

During Nagano’s first two seasons in Munich he conducted world premieres of Rihm’s Das Gehege (together with Strauss’s Salome) and Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderlandalong with new productions of Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, Idomeneo, Eugene Onegin and Ariadne auf Naxos. This season he takes on new productions of Wozzeck andLohengrin. He has toured throughout Europe with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and their recording of Bruckner’s Symphony No 4 was released earlier this year by Sony Classical.

A common thread has thus far run through Nagano’s time in Montreal: Beethoven and his musical heirs including Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann and Wagner. Highlights have also included Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder and concert performances of Tannhäuser and Tristan und Isolde. In the summer of 2008 Nagano inaugurated the first Bel Canto Festival including performances of Bellini’s Norma in collaboration with Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia in Rome. He has also championed new works by Canadian composers including a commission by Alexina Louie which features Inuit throat singers and earlier this season celebrated Messiaen’s centennary with performances of St. François d’Assise. Nagano has taken the orchestra on a coast-to-coast tour of Canada and also to Japan and South Korea and in April 2009 an extensive tour of Europe. Their recordings together – Beethoven : Ideals of the French Revolution and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde were released this year on Sony Classical / Analekta.

A new and important phase of Kent Nagano’s career opened when he became Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in 2000. He has become a prominent figure in a new wave of artistic thinking in Germany, opening minds to inventive, confrontational programming. In June 2006, at the end of his tenure with the orchestra, he was given the title Honorary Conductor by members of the orchestra, only the second recipient of this honour in their 60-year history.

Kent Nagano became the first Music Director of Los Angeles Opera in 2003 having already held the position of Principal Conductor for two years. His work in other opera houses has included Shostakovich’s The Nose (Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin), Rimsky Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel (Châtelet, Paris), Saariaho’s L’amour de loin (Salzburg Festival), and Hindemith’s Cardillac (Opéra National de Paris).

As a much sought-after guest conductor he has worked with most of the world’s finest orchestras including the Vienna, Berlin and New York Philharmonic Orchestras and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded for Erato, Teldec, Pentatone and Deutsche Grammophon as well as Harmonia Mundi, winning Grammy awards for his recordings of Busoni’s Doktor Faust with Opéra National de Lyon, and Peter and the Wolf with the Russian National Orchestra.

Booklet for Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-32 (Complete)

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