- Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 ‘Hammerklavier’
- Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op. 117 No. 2
Les tendres plaintes
Pièces de Clavecin 1724: Les Tourbillons
4 Impromptus, D899
Klavierstücke (3), D946
Performed by Grigory Sokolov.
Grigory Sokolov is an exceptional artist. He is regarded as one of the world’s leading pianists and adored by his audience in sold-out concerts.
In this album, we have Grigory Sokolov playing the late masterworks by Schubert, including the much-loved Impromptus, and Beethoven’s mighty “Hammerklavier” Sonata, finishing with six impeccable encores by Rameau and Brahms.
This outstanding recital was pulled together from concerts in Warsaw and Salzburg. The paper Salzburger Nachrichten claimed: “Wherever he plays, the utopia of ultimate satisfaction is closer than ever… “
Beethoven’s longest piano sonata – one of the famous “late” sonatas – explores the whole range of the extended keyboard then available to him. It lasts over 45 minutes and is one of his most amazing works –with its huge fugal finale that Sokolov has totally under control.
Here is a short extract from this recording: