BEETHOVEN Ludwig van: - Piano Sonatas Vol. 7 (op. 54, 78, 106)
Hänssler Classic is proud to announce the concluding volume of the major new Beethoven Sonata cycle, performed by Gerhard Oppitz. The current program includes Beethoven's two movement Piano Sonata No. 22 in F Major - which harkens back to similar works by Beethoven's teacher, Joseph Haydn and the forward-looking Sonata in F sharp Major op. 78. Oppitz has chosen to conclude his survey of the Beethoven Sonatas with the Sonata No. 29 in B flat Major op. 106. Beethoven intentionally conceived it as his "greatest" Piano Sonata and seems to have delighted in composing a work that would test the interpretative skills and physical endurance of any musician brave enough to attempt performing it. Gerhard Oppitz is more than equal to this demands of this masterwork and delivers overwhelming demonstrations of emotional and pianistic virtuosity.
Gerhard Oppitz was born in Frauenau ( in the Bavarian Forest) in 1953. Oppitz received his formal training in Stuttgart and Munich starting in 1966 with professors Paul Buck and Hugo Steurer, and later with Wilhelm Kempff, concentrating on the works of Beethoven. In 1977, he was awarded first prize at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Israel. Oppitz is widely renown and respected for his programming major repertoire and cycles, such as Bach's "Wohltemperiertes Klavier", Mozart's eighteen sonatas, Beethoven's 32 sonatas, all the solo works by Schubert and Brahms' complete piano works. Since 1981, he has been teaching post-graduate students at the Academy of Music in Munich.
01 Piano Sonata No. 22 F Major / F-Dur op.54 In tempo d'un menuetto
02 Piano Sonata No. 22 F Major / F-Dur op.54 Allegretto
03 Piano Sonata No. 24 F sharp Minor / fis-moll op.78 Adagio cantabile- Allegro ma non troppo
04 Piano Sonata No. 24 F sharp Minor / fis-moll op.78 Allegro vivace
05 Piano Sonata No. 29 B flat Major / B-Dur op. 106 >>Hammerklavier<< Allegro
06 Piano Sonata No. 29 B flat Major / B-Dur op. 106 >>Hammerklavier<< Scherzo:Assai vivace
07 Piano Sonata No. 29 B flat Major / B-Dur op. 106 >>Hammerklavier<< Adagio sostenuto, appassionato e con molto sentimento
08 Piano Sonata No. 29 B flat Major / B-Dur op. 106 >>Hammerklavier<< Largo-Allegro risoluto