Stand by for the first Beethoven doorstopper

Igor Levit has recorded the 32 piano sonatas for Sony.

The big box lands in September.

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  • The late sonatas (28-32) are already released 3-4 years ago. So the remaining sonatas (only) come in a box? A chance to buy the last four then – one more time…

  • Yes, that’s what we need. A Beethoven sonata cycle from a 32-year-old. What’s next? Is Sony planning for a complete Schubert sonatas box set from Buniatishvili too?

    Levit seems to have Passacaglia on DSCH in his repertoire. Why doesn’t Sony record that instead?

      • I’ve heard equally disastrous live performances from both, and some nice ones from both as well. Stripping away the vast difference in their “image” and the quality of their live performances aren’t that dissimilar IMO. But Levit has a much more interesting repertoire and his studio recordings are well worth listening to.

  • Daniel Barenboim was very young when he recorded his first set of the Beethoven Sonatas for EMI. Anyway, no-one’s forcing you to buy them or even to listen to them.

    • Friedrich Gulda was only 21 when he recorded his fisrt of three complete Beethoven cycles for the Austrian Radio.

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