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  Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No. 17 "Tempest", 18 & 23 "Appassionata" - Richter
  Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No. 17 "Tempest", 18 & 23 "Appassionata"

Sviatoslav Richter
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  Classical - Instrumental
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Review by JJ December 10, 2013 (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
The second volume of the Richter edition devoted to Beethoven by Praga Digitals in its Reminiscences series invites us to savor the Sonata N°23 Op.57 “Appassionata” in F minor, which was published in 1807 and which the composer himself considered “his greatest.” The writer Romain Rolland, linking it to Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” wrote about it: “What is the general Stimmung of The Tempest? The explosion of elementary forces, passions, the madness of men and the elements. And the domination of the Spirit… But isn’t this the very definition of Beethoven’s art at this period of maturity?” The Sonata N°17 Op. 31/2 “The Tempest” is needless to say also present here, as well as the Sonata N°18 Op.31/3 in E flat major, which can be qualified as “Pastoral.” Sviatoslav Richter is here at his best in these works, recorded in 1959 and 1965, in a DSD remastering that truly transcends. This, quite simply, is a treasure.

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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Works: 3  

Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 "Tempest"
Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 No. 3 "The Hunt"
Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"