BEETHOVEN Ludwig van: - Piano Sonatas Vol. 8 (op.79, 8 1a, 90, 101)
Hänssler Classic is proud to announce the latest volume of the major new Beethoven Sonata cycle, performed by Gerhard Oppitz. The current program includes a quartet of Beethoven works spanning the years from 1809 through 1816. Included is the concise and playful Sonata in G Major op. 79 (one of the composer's shortest sonatas), the programmatic "Les Adieux", written as a personal response to the departure of his beloved patron, the Archduke Rudolph's flight from Vienna during Napoleon's siege in 1809, and the unusual and forward-looking Sonata in E Minor Op. 90. Undoubtedly though, the crowning jewel in this program is the late Sonata in A Major op. 101. Composed in 1816 and ddescribed by Beethoven as "a series of impressions and reveries", it is a work that clearly marks the transition from the style of the earlier piano sonatas into a more personal, more intimate realm of freedom and fantasy.
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 Artur 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. 25 G Major / G-Dur op. 79 Presto alla tedesca
02 Piano Sonata No. 25 G Major / G-Dur op. 79 Andante
03 Piano Sonata No. 25 G Major / G-Dur op. 79 Vivace
04 Piano Sonata No. 26 E flat Major / Es-Dur op. 81a "Les Adieux" Lebewohl (Les Adieux): Adagio - Allegro
05 Piano Sonata No. 26 E flat Major / Es-Dur op. 81a "Les Adieux" Abwesenheit (L'Absence): Andante espressivo
06 Piano Sonata No. 26 E flat Major / Es-Dur op. 81a "Les Adieux" Wiedersehen (Le Retour): Vivacissimamente - Poco Andante
07 Piano Sonata No. 27 E Minor / e-Moll op. 90 Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
08 Piano Sonata No. 27 E Minor / e-Moll op. 90 Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen
09 Piano Sonata No. 28 A Major / A-Dur op. 101 Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto ma non troppo)
10 Piano Sonata No. 28 A Major / A-Dur op. 101 Lebhaft, marschmäßig (Vivace alla marcia)
11 Piano Sonata No. 28 A Major / A-Dur op. 101 Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto)
12 Piano Sonata No. 28 A Major / A-Dur op. 101 Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit (Allegro)