Beethoven: 32 Sonatas Konstantin Lifschitz

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Album-Release:
2020

HRA-Release:
14.02.2020

Label: Alpha

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

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  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827): Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1:
  • 1Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1: I. Allegro07:04
  • 2Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1: II. Adagio05:18
  • 3Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1: III. Menuetto. Allegretto03:25
  • 4Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1: IV. Prestissimo06:53
  • Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2 No. 2:
  • 5Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2 No. 2: I. Allegro vivace11:17
  • 6Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2 No. 2: II. Largo appassionato09:26
  • 7Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2 No. 2: III. Scherzo. Allegretto03:43
  • 8Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2 No. 2: IV. Rondo. Grazioso07:15
  • Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2 No. 3:
  • 9Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2 No. 3: I. Allegro con brio10:50
  • 10Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2 No. 3: II: Adagio09:25
  • 11Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2 No. 3: III. Scherzo. Allegro03:10
  • 12Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2 No. 3: IV. Allegro assai05:43
  • Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10 No. 1:
  • 13Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10 No. 1: I. Allegro molto e con brio06:33
  • 14Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10 No. 1: II. Adagio molto09:35
  • Ludwig van Beethoven:
  • 15Allegretto (WoO 53)03:49
  • Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10 No. 1:
  • 16Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10 No. 1: III. Finale. Prestissimo04:40
  • Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10 No. 2:
  • 17Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10 No. 2: I. Allegro09:28
  • 18Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10 No. 2: II .Allegretto04:07
  • 19Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10 No. 2: III. Presto04:04
  • Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3:
  • 20Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3: I. Presto07:14
  • 21Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3: II. Largo e mesto11:01
  • 22Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3: III. Menuetto. Allegro02:50
  • 23Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3: IV. Rondo. Allegro05:00
  • Grande Sonate No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7:
  • 24Grande Sonate No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7: I. Allegro molto e con brio07:35
  • 25Grande Sonate No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7: II. Largo con gran espressione10:58
  • 26Grande Sonate No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7: III. Allegro05:08
  • 27Grande Sonate No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7: IV. Rondo. Poco allegretto e grazioso07:44
  • Grande Sonate No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique":
  • 28Grande Sonate No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique": I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio09:37
  • 29Grande Sonate No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique": II. Adagio cantabile05:10
  • 30Grande Sonate No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique": III. Rondo. Allegro05:05
  • Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14 No. 1:
  • 31Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14 No. 1: I. Allegro07:16
  • 32Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14 No. 1: II. Allegretto03:42
  • 33Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14 No. 1: III. Rondo. Allegro comodo03:32
  • Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14 No. 2:
  • 34Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14 No. 2: I. Allegro07:15
  • 35Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14 No. 2: II. Andante05:26
  • 36Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14 No. 2: III. Scherzo. Allegro assai03:36
  • Grande Sonate No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22:
  • 37Grande Sonate No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22: I: Allegro con brio07:55
  • 38Grande Sonate No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22: II. Adagio con molto espressione09:09
  • 39Grande Sonate No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22: III. Minuetto03:29
  • 40Grande Sonate No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22: IV. Rondo. Allegretto06:28
  • Grande Sonate No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26:
  • 41Grande Sonate No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26: I. Andante con variazioni08:11
  • 42Grande Sonate No. 12 in A-Flat Major Op. 26: II. Scherzo. Allegro molto02:32
  • 43Grande Sonate No. 12 in A-Flat Major Op. 26: III. Marcia funèbre sulla morte d'un eroe07:27
  • 44Grande Sonate No. 12 in A-Flat Major Op. 26: IV. Allegro02:52
  • Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28:
  • 45Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28: I. Allegro11:27
  • 46Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28: II. Andante08:41
  • 47Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28: III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace02:28
  • 48Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28: IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo05:51
  • Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31 No. 1:
  • 49Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31 No. 1: I. Allegro vivace06:43
  • 50Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31 No. 1: II. Adagio grazioso14:06
  • 51Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31 No. 1: III. Allegretto07:16
  • Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31 No. 2:
  • 52Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31 No. 2: I. Largo - Allegro10:57
  • 53Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31 No. 2: II. Adagio08:33
  • 54Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31 No. 2: III. Allegretto06:42
  • Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31 No. 3:
  • 55Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31 No. 3: I. Allegro08:38
  • 56Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31 No. 3: II. Scherzo. Allegretto vivace05:17
  • 57Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31 No. 3: III. Menuetto. Moderato e grazioso03:36
  • 58Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31 No. 3: IV. Presto con fuoco04:54
  • Sonata quasi una fantasia No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 1:
  • 59Sonata quasi una fantasia No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 1: I. Andante - Allegro05:49
  • 60Sonata quasi una fantasia No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 1: II. Allegro molto e vivace02:01
  • 61Sonata quasi una fantasia No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 1: III. Adagio con espressione03:32
  • 62Sonata quasi una fantasia No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 1: IV. Allegro vivace - Presto06:08
  • Sonata quasi una fantasia No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2:
  • 63Sonata quasi una fantasia No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2: I. Adagio sostenuto05:55
  • 64Sonata quasi una fantasia No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2: II. Allegretto02:12
  • 65Sonata quasi una fantasia No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2: III. Presto agitato07:38
  • Sonata facile No. 19 in G Minor, Op. 49 No. 1:
  • 66Sonata facile No. 19 in G Minor, Op. 49 No. 1: I. Andante05:28
  • 67Sonate facile No. 19 in G Minor, Op. 49 No. 1: II. Rondo. Allegro03:33
  • 68Sonate facile No. 20 in G Major, Op. 49 No. 2: I. Allegro, ma non troppo05:00
  • 69Sonate facile No. 20 in G Major, Op. 49 No. 2: II. Tempo di Menuetto03:24
  • Grande Sonate No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53:
  • 70Grande Sonate No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53: I. Allegro con brio12:03
  • 71Grande Sonate No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53: II. Introduzione. Adagio molto05:14
  • 72Grande Sonate No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53: Rondo. Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo11:09
  • Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54:
  • 73Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54: I. In Tempo d'un Menuetto06:29
  • 74Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54: II. Allegretto - Più allegro05:37
  • Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57:
  • 75Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57: I. Allegro assai11:10
  • 76Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57: II. Andante con moto07:07
  • 77Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57: III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto08:30
  • Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 78:
  • 78Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 78: I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo07:38
  • 79Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 78: II. Allegro vivace02:57
  • Sonatina No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79:
  • 80Sonatina No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79: I. Presto alla05:23
  • 81Sonatina No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79: II. Andante03:24
  • 82Sonatina No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79: III. Vivace02:18
  • Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a:
  • 83Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a: I. Das Lebewohl. Adagio - Allegro07:46
  • 84Sonata NO. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a: II. Abwesenheit. Andante espressivo04:08
  • 85Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a: III. Das Wiedersehen. Vivacissimamente06:02
  • Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90:
  • 86Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90: I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck06:02
  • 87Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90: II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen07:23
  • Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101:
  • 88Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigesten Empfindung. Allegretto, ma non troppo05:07
  • 89Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: II. Lebhaft. Marchmäßig. Vivace alla marcia06:43
  • 90Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll. Adagio, ma non troppo, non affetto04:30
  • 91Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: IV. Geschwinde, doch nicht zu sher, und mit Entschlossenheit. Allegro08:03
  • Grande Sonate No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106:
  • 92Grande Sonate No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106: I. Allegro11:14
  • 93Grande Sonate No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106: II. Scherzo. Assai vivace02:46
  • 94Grande Sonate No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106: III. Adagio sostenuto. Appassionato e con molto sentimento25:40
  • 95Grande Sonate No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106: IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto14:47
  • Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109:
  • 96Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: I. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo04:03
  • 97Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: II. Presstissimo02:34
  • 98Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: III. Gesangvoll mit innigster Empfindung. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo15:12
  • Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110:
  • 99Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo07:36
  • 100Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: II. Allegro molto02:08
  • 101Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: III. Adagio ma non troppo - Arioso dolente - Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo13:35
  • Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111:
  • 102Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appasionato10:16
  • 103Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: II Arieta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile21:34
  • Total Runtime11:53:54

Info for Beethoven: 32 Sonatas



In a world like ours, shaped by centrifugal forces, even a monumental corpus like Beethoven’s thirty-two piano sonatas can appear in a new light. Chronological examination of its genesis reveals fascinating parallels. – The Sonatas op.2 were published in the last year of the French Revolution. – The ensuing wave of political migration reached Vienna and also affected Elector Maximilian Franz, who was not only the brother of Marie Antoinette and Emperor Joseph II but had also been Beethoven’s employer in Bonn. – Beethoven gave compositional form to the triumph and downfall of a tyrant who brought war to Europe and occupied Vienna. – After the international peace conference of 1815, he vigorously embarked on writing modernistic late works in opposition to the emerging police state and its postmodern entertainment culture. Konstantin Lifschitz applies strict criteria in order to realise the groundbreaking compositional dynamics of these works. He shows his musical independence by supplementing the cycle of sonatas with the Allegretto WoO 53, and still has much to tell us about it, defying past and present fashions. The fact that he recorded the massive cycle live on eight consecutive days also makes this set a monument in its own right.

Konstantin Lifschitz, piano



Konstantin Lifschitz
has established a worldwide reputation for performing extraordinary feats of endurance with honesty and persuasive beauty. He is giving recitals and playing concertos in the world’s leading concert halls and orchestras, besides being an active recording artist. His performance was praised as “the most magical moment“ and “deeply satisfying” by The Independent, and “naturally expressive and gripping” by the New York Times

Born in Kharkov, Ukraine in 1976, at the age of five, Konstantin Lifschitz was enrolled in the Gnessin Special School of Music in Moscow as a student of Tatiana Zelikman. After graduating he continued his studies in Russia, England and Italy where his teachers included Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher, Theodor Gutmann, Hamish Milne, Charles Rosen, Karl-Ulrich Schnabel, Vladimir Tropp, Fou T’song and Rosalyn Tureck.

In the early 1990s, Konstantin Lifschitz received a grant from the Russian Cultural Foundation. Around that time, he started to perform in European capitals such as Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Munich and Milan. He toured Japan with The Moscow Virtuosi under Vladimir Spivakov, while in Europe he toured with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov, and also performed with Mischa Maisky and Gidon Kremer in many European cites. In 1995 he received the ECHO Klassik Award of “Most Promising Artist of the Year” for his first recording, and the following year he was nominated for a Grammy award for Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

Since his sensational debut recital in the October Hall of the House of Unions in Moscow at the age of 13, Konstantin Lifschitz performs solo recitals at major festivals and the most important concert venues worldwide and appears with leading international orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, SWR Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, RAI National Symphony Orchestra and Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

As a soloist Konstantin Lifschitz has collaborated with leading conductors such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Spivakov, Yury Temirkanov, Sir Neville Marriner, Bernard Haitink, Sir Roger Norrington, Fabio Luisi, Marek Janowski, Eliahu Inbal, Mikhail Jurowsky, Andrey Boreyko, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Alexander Rudin and Christopher Hogwood.

As a passionate chamber musician, Konstantin Lifschitz has collaborated with such artists as Gidon Kremer, Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Misha Maisky, Mstislav Rostropovich, Natalia Gutman, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Lynn Harrell, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Daishin Kashimoto, Leila Josefowicz, Carolin Widmann, Jörg Widmann, Sol Gabetta, Eugene Ugorski and Alexander Rudin.

In 2017 autumn, he launches the complete Beethoven Sonatas Cycles (8 concerts) in Hong Kong, Taipei and Taichung and performs various works by Beethoven and Bach in Tokyo, Shanghai, Nicosia, Maastricht, Berlin and Omsk. He will also be part of the Stravinsky Year Gergiev’s project and will be the soloist in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire Grand Hall with the Concertos by both Stravinsky and Bach under Anatoly Levin.

In the 2018/19 season he will appear with orchestras such as Ural Philharmonic Orchestra under Dimitry Liss, Naples Philharmonic under Andrey Boreyko and will perform solo recitals at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Moscow Philharmonic Hall, La Sala Verdi Milano and many others. He is also invited by numerous festivals including Tokyo Spring Festival, Rancho La Puerta's Music Festival, XII Mariinsky International Piano Festival, Trans-Siberian Art Festival, Kutna Hora Music Festival, London Piano Festival, Würzburg Bachtage and Musiktage Höri Bodensee, where he serves as an honorary patron.

Recently, Konstantin Lifschitz appears frequently as a conductor with such ensembles and orchestras as Moscow Virtuosi, Century Orchestra Osaka, Solisti di Napoli Naples, Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Wernigerode, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra Vilnius, Musica Viva Moscow, Lux Aeterna and Gabreli Choir Budapest, Dalarna Sinfonietta Falun and Chamber Orchestra Arpeggione Hohenems. Leading from the piano, he released all of Bach’s seven keyboard concertos with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.

Konstantin Lifschitz’s latest album “Saisons Russes” with works of Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky and Jakoulov was released by Orfeo in November 2016. As a prolific recording artist, he has been releasing numerous CDs and DVDs, many of which have received exceptional reviews. Lifschitz has made several recordings with the Orfeo label including Bach’s Musical Offering, the St. Anne Prelude and Fugue and Three Frescobaldi Toccatas (2007), Gottfried von Einem Piano Concerto with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (2009), Brahms Second Concerto and Mozart Concerto K. 456 under Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (2010), Bach The Art of Fugue (2010), the complete Bach Concertos for keyboard and orchestra with the Stuttgart Kammerorchester (2011) and Goldberg Variations (2015). In 2008, a live recording of Lifschitz's performance of Bach Well-Tempered Clavier (Books I and II) at the Miami International Piano Festival was released on DVD by VAI. In 2014, Beethoven’s complete violin Sonatas with Daishin Kashimoto was released by Warner Classics.

Booklet for Beethoven: 32 Sonatas

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