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The Piano Sonatas Vol 4

Paul Komen

The Piano Sonatas Vol 4

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Globe
UPC: 8711525518407
Catnr: GLO 5184
Release date: 19 August 2002
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Globe
UPC
8711525518407
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GLO 5184
Release date
19 August 2002
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About the album

Volume 4 of the complete recording of the Beethoven piano sonatas, performed on authentic instruments by Paul Komen. The first three volumes have all been received with great critical acclaim. On this album one can hear Beethoven in some of his 'sunniest' works, compositions which signify the end of his so-called middle period - at the same time these works are already looking forward to the great series of sonatas that he was to write in his last and most powerful, creative period. Also, due to the choice for the authentic piano from the period in which the works were written, the performances by Paul Komen on this album show these works in a new light, bringing the original sound world of the composer to life.
Het vierde volume uit een succesvolle serie met Beethovensonates
Dit is het vierde volume van Paul Komens volledige opname van de pianosonates van Beethoven, uitgevoerd op authentieke instrumenten. De eerste drie volumes zijn toegejuicht door de critici en werden daarnaast ook zeer goed verkocht.

Dit volume bevat enkele van de ‘zonnigste’ werken van Beethoven, composities die het einde van zijn zogenaamde tweede periode ofwel middenperiode aankondigen. Deze werken blikken tezelfdertijd al vooruit op de grote reeks sonates die hij in zijn laatste en meest krachtige creatieve periode zou componeren. De uitvoeringen van Komen zetten deze werken in een nieuw licht, mede dankzij zijn keuze voor een authentieke piano uit de periode waarin de werken werden geschreven. Komen brengt daardoor de originele klankwereld van de componist tot leven.

Pianist Paul Komen maakte op 13-jarige leeftijd zijn debuut met een radio-opname van werken van Bach en Scriabin. Vervolgens studeerde hij aan het Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam onder Jan Wijn, waar hij cum laude afstudeerde. In 1981 maakte hij zijn debuut in Engeland, in de Wigmore Hall in Londen. Tijdens deze gelegenheid werd een van zijn opnames overhandigd aan Koningin Elizabeth. Later trad hij onder andere op in het Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall en de National Gallery.

Artist(s)

Paul Komen (fortepiano)

Composer(s)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School.    Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob...
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Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School. Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. At the age of 21 he moved to Vienna, where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn, and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. By his late 20s his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from these last 15 years of his life.

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