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Vladimir Ashkenazy

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No 21 Waldstein & No 29 Hammerklavier (CD)

The two sonatas featured on this release charted unprecedented paths of sonority and virtuosity, although the musical and pianistic aims radically differ. Ashkenazy re-recorded them both, the 'Hammerklavier' for his complete Beethoven sonata cycle, and the 'Waldstein' as a digital remake for a separate CD. The rare and much sought-after 1967 recording of the 'Hammerklavier' - Ashkenazy's first of any Beethoven sonata for Decca - is sharply delineated and full of tensile energy, the fugal finale's gnarlier sequences more incisively articulated than his later remake.

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 ‘Waldstein’
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 ‘Hammerklavier’

Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano