Another set of Beethoven's 32. Yeah, it interested me!

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Another set of Beethoven's 32. Yeah, it interested me!

Post by Lance » Fri May 24, 2019 6:34 pm

I didn't think I would ever want nor acquire another set of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas. But I fell for it. First time on CD [Pavane Records 7073, 9 CDs]. Eduardo del Pueyo is the pianist. I've read up on him some. This set was issued in 2016 to represent the 30th anniversary of the passing of pianist del Pueyo. They were recorded between 1976 and 1977. A Spanish pianist, he has quite an interesting background. He was also a Philips recoding artist until 1960 and a five-CD set is issued by Eloquence/Philips that contains some Beethoven sonatas from around 1958 plus other material. Here's a little information on the pianist:

"On the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Eduardo del Pueyo (Zaragoza 29 August 1905 – Brussels 9 November 1986) Pavane is pleased and very proud to release this collection of 32 piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven, recorded by the Aragonese pianist in 1976–77, in a fully remastered sound completed by world-class sound engineers (Equus, Brussels). We are supremely confident that it will be one of the most enjoyable complete sonata recordings on release. Eduardo del Pueyo was a great pianist and teacher, meticulous in his reading of scores and extremely respectful of Beethoven’s indications. Above all, he was determined to stop any formulaic interpretation creeping into his performances. The famous French reviewer Jean-Charles Hoffelé wrote about him: “Beethoven’s sonatas have been the backbone of Eduardo del Pueyo’s musical thinking: form at the service of improvisation, multiplicity instead of rules, abandonment of rhetorical method in favor of invention and, above all, the predominance of the rhythmic element over the melodic, shape the primordial elements of his art. From the beginning he introduced Beethoven’s sonatas to his programme and imposed a new style – bright and with so many different levels [...] his Beethoven, which sounded so bright, so new, so high, so brilliant and so decisive. This unusual artist was one of the twentieth century’s greatest pianists and a first class musician.”
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Re: Another set of Beethoven's 32. Yeah, it interested me!

Post by david johnson » Sat May 25, 2019 4:22 am

I am listening to his "Waldstein" on You Tube right now. :)

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Re: Another set of Beethoven's 32. Yeah, it interested me!

Post by Rach3 » Sat May 25, 2019 9:06 am

Also may want to hear his " Hammerklavier" on YT:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r5O9WMgAwM
My recording of his "Hammer" is his earlier recording on Epic, don't think the same as the YT Pavane, as the Epic is about 5 minutes shorter in total, much quicker in the slow.
Also, do hear some of his Granados.

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