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BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827):
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57
"Appassionata"
Performed by Lilya Zilberstein (Piano)
Instrument: Concert Grand Piano D 280 by C. Bechstein
A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle (Germany), October 2007
Remastered Original Recording
HD Recording · DDD · Duration: 24 Min. 24 Sec.
Digital Album · 3 Tracks
MP3

MP3 Album

320 kBit/sec.

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***** The best sounding recording of a piano

This performance of two Beethoven sonatas recorded before a live audience in a castle in Germany by pianist Lilya Zilberstein is incredible in two respects. First, the Appassionata is played as well as anyone I know, including the many legends of the keyboard who have recorded this masterpiece. Zilberstein has it all--technique, style, and passion. Equally remarkable is the sound. This is the best sounding recording of a piano I have ever heard--it must be heard to be believed, and if you are lucky to have a fine sound system you are in for a stupendous aural treat. If wish to hear a magnificant performance in otherwordly fidelity I urge you to track this release down before it becomes unavailable.

'Oldnslow' on Amazon.com

Review

***** Exceptional Appassionata

Sonata 23 is a war horse. There are literally 3-5 dozen versions online from older versions Schnabel (much too fast) to Brendel and Horowitz (quite staid) Kissin Gilels Schiff Goode and others. This one has superb recording. It is live and one can feel the tension with the audience. It is exceptionally clean and not exceedingly fast. You can hear the nuances that lay buried in the ear with the speedsters. She has wonderful rubato moments and the phrase to phrase dynamics are exceptionally well done. Importantly it is very exciting to hear though you know every note; it appears fresh as I feel it is new, modern interpretation. Congratulations Lilya. I hope to hear you in concert in Boston.

'George R. Collison' on Amazon.com

Review

***** Even among all Beethoven sonatas on the market, this one stands out

The disc is a product of Germany's K&K label, which specializes in live performances held in historically significant, if not acoustically appropriate, locations. Here they manage both. The Castle Church of Bad Homburg offers a fine ambiance for piano music in general and for Zilberstein's muscular, dynamic style in particular.
The disc offers the first half of a live concert whose date is localized only to October 2007; the second half was devoted to music of Brahms. At 52 minutes the program is short, but it is complete in itself, and one wants to hear the other disc if only to find out whether Zilberstein can sustain the intensity level from this half.
Zilbertstein has managed to devise fresh, fully realized interpretations of these two sonatas - no small feat, especially in the case of the ubiquitous Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 ('Appassionata'). Hear Zilberstein's exquisite shaping of the work's brooding opening page. The Beethovenian short-short-short long motif that plays such an important role in binding the music together is introduced in the shadows, but soon enough emerges as an exclamation with sufficent force to propel the main theme through its numerous harmonic transformations.
The level of tension in the entire sonata is remarkable; even the middle movement seems to see the with repressed energy. The early Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2, No. 2, is equally strong, with a unique rhythmic conception of the main theme. Just sit and listen: even among all the Beethoven sonatas on the market, this one stands out.

James Manheim, All Music Guide USA

MOZART: All Chamber Piano ConcertosMOZART: All Chamber Piano Concertos
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
All Chamber Piano Concertos
The 4 Piano Concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
which were originally composed for Piano & String Quartet,
performed by Christoph Soldan (Piano) and the Silesian Chamber Soloists (String Quintet)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791):
Piano Concerto No. 11 in F Major, K. 413 · Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414
Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K. 415 · Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-Flat Major, K. 449
Recorded live in two concerts to 'Direct 2-Track Stereo Digital HD'
HD Recording · DDD · Duration: 1 Hour / 26 Min. / 29 Sec.
Digital Double Album · 12 Tracks · incl. Digital Booklet
MP3

MP3 Album

320 kBit/sec.

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***** A fine alternative... I strongly recommend this set.

I accidentally came upon this two disc set on Spotify. If, like me, you are always on the look out for new performances and versions of Mozart piano concertos you will probably enjoy these performances, and at the same time know that they are by the master's hand, so nobody else has fiddled with them ! The string quintet accompanying is very alert and sympathetic to the many strands and gradations of colour, even sometimes sounding like a larger body than they really are. Christoph Soldan is a fine Mozart pianist and his piano is well recorded. I do not know what type or make it is, but it has a very bright and appealing sound which contrats well with the strings. Christoph Soldan has specialised in Mozart for a long time and has many recordings to his name and It is a pity that he is not more well known over here. These are not particularly intimate performances as the performers project themselves well, though there is plenty of feeling and beauty in their playing. I do not like showy or long or gimmicky cadenzas, but I smiled at his in the finale to concerto no, 14. I wouldn't want to be without the full orchestral versions of these concertos and though these do not displace them, they are immensely enjoyable. I strongly recommend this set.

Paul Capell on Amazon.com

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