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    Default Beethoven Piano Sonatas on period fortepiano

    Is there a good CD cycle of the 32 Piano Sonatas by LvB that are recorded on the various period fortepianos that existed during the time at which each sonata was composed?
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    Dunno. However... I can heartily recommend the Peter Serkin recordings of the late sonatas.
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    This is what Ronald Brautigam said about his marvellous series:

    My plan is to use three different [copies of] historical pianos, all built by the formidable Paul McNulty. I will use a five-octave Walther (c. 1795) for the music composed in Bonn, before 1792; a five-and-a-half-octave Walther und Sohn (c. 1805) for the early- and middle-Viennese sonatas, variations, and piano pieces (roughly up to op. 53), and a copy of an 1817 Graf for the later works. I could have used a Broadwood, or a Streicher, but wanted to do the whole project on Paul McNulty’s pianos. If it hadn’t been for his instruments, I would never have been able to reach this level of playing, and would probably have abandoned playing historical pianos a long time ago. His pianos produce just that sound I’ve always looked for in Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, and have, over the last years, been a great inspiration to me.

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    Brautigam is a modern must. Glorious playing, great instruments and spectacular recordings on SACD by BIS.
    However, the older one, but also well recorded, with Paul Badura-Skoda (released on Gramola) is an excellent choice and a sure bet.

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    I agree with the Brautigam. I have this one, and want more.

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    Also, I've always been a big fan of Anthony Newman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by principe View Post
    Brautigam is a modern must. Glorious playing, great instruments and spectacular recordings on SACD by BIS.
    However, the older one, but also well recorded, with Paul Badura-Skoda (released on Gramola) is an excellent choice and a sure bet.

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    Badura-Skoda is one of the several thoroughly competent 'main drag' pianists (Demus is another) who chose to lead the way into popular understanding of the fortepiano tributary of HIP. It's a whole nother way for the listener to hear the music. Kind of 'doubles the pleasure'.
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    I've long admired Melvyn Tan's recordings of the sonatas on fortepiano, though he never finished a complete set.

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    lol, I read "Beethoven Piano Sonatas on prepared fortepiano". That would be fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aleazk View Post
    lol, I read "Beethoven Piano Sonatas on prepared fortepiano". That would be fun.
    Hah. For some folks, any fortepiano sounds "prepared".
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