Beethoven Piano Sonatas Vol. 3


Beethoven Piano Sonatas Vol. 3 played by Rudolf Buchbinder in the Mozarteum Großer Saal at the 2014 Salzburg Festival. Here's the program:

  1. Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major
  2. Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major
  3. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major "Pastorale"
  4. Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor
  5. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor "Appassionata"
  6. Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major
  7. Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major
  8. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor "Pathetique"
  9. Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major
  10. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major "Waldstein"
  11. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major
  12. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major
  13. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor 

Directed for video by Frédéric Delesque. Released 2016, music was recorded with 48kHz/24-bit sound sampling and disc has 4.0 dts-HD Master Audio sound output. The back art on this package is strangely confused speaking of a "DVD 1" and "DVD 2" rather than a single Blu-ray disc. This is just another example of the slovenliness with which this series of 3 discs of Beethoven sonatas was produced and manufactured by C Major. Grade: D+

This is the third in a series of 3 discs in which Buchbinder recorded all the Beethoven piano sonatas. See my detailed reviewed of Vol. 1 which was published earlier. Because the 32 sonatas were recorded in 32 separate "chapters" and appear in what appears to be random order over the 3 volumes, I would assume that the sonatas presented in Vol. 1 are representative of the whole series or are, perhaps, the best recordings of all of them. Because of the many deficiencies noted in Vol. 1, I graded it D+. Since Vol. 1 is probably representative, I give the same D+ to Vol. 3 as a tentative grade. If anyone can show me why Vol. 3 deserves a better grade than D+, I would cheerfully accept whatever higher grade that person would suggest.