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    I thought that as a set, the Pollini is very, very good. Individually it's a bit different

    28 Hungerford (great to see others mention this great Aussie pianist)
    29 Sokolov - Moscow recording from about 20-30 years ago, it's coupled with the Schumann PC
    30 Hess - simply incomparable
    31 Richter - in Leipzig
    32 Arrau - on a EMI Classic Archive DVD (rec 1970)

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    Annie Fischer's Op. 106 is fierce and revelatory, though I think her dynamics in the 3rd movement to be 'pushed' too much. Brendel's 1971 recording is the first I ever heard, so maybe that accounts for it, but I just think he owns this sonata and plays the 3rd movement with a tenderness that owes something to his restraint. I also like Claude Frank's version and also Ronald Brautigam's on Fortepiano. Nevertheless, Annie Fischer's complete set of the 32 are on my Christmas list and am thankful for the many great posts on this thread.

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    Either Annie Fischer or Bruce Hungerford. Both are very fine.

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    No.31: Simon Barere
    No.32, Mvt.1: Dino Ciani, Sari Biro
    No.32, Mvt.2: if memory serves, Anton Rubinstein commented on whether it is humanly possible to excel in both movements and whether the 2nd movement transcends humanity. All recordings I've heard prove his point - which might not be applicable to superhumans like Josef Hofmann and Simon Barere (but I can only imagine since they left no recordings of Op.111).

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    Inspired by this thread, I've been listening to Annie Fischer for two days now and I'M BLOWN AWAY.
    Wäre das Faktum wahr, – wäre der außerordentliche Fall wirklich eingetreten, daß die politische Gesetzgebung der Vernunft übertragen, der Mensch als Selbstzweck respektiert und behandelt, das Gesetz auf den Thron erhoben, und wahre Freiheit zur Grundlage des Staatsgebäudes gemacht worden, so wollte ich auf ewig von den Musen Abschied nehmen, und dem herrlichsten aller Kunstwerke, der Monarchie der Vernunft, alle meine Thätigkeit widmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fenestella View Post
    No.31: Simon Barere

    The tension, like highly strung nervous tension, makes it very distinctive.


    Quote Originally Posted by Fenestella View Post
    No.32, Mvt.1: Dino Ciani
    Do you know why it's so well recorded compared with the rest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenestella View Post
    No.32, Mvt.1:Sari Biro
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fenestella View Post

    No.32, Mvt.2: if memory serves, Anton Rubinstein commented on whether it is humanly possible to excel in both movements and whether the 2nd movement transcends humanity. All recordings I've heard prove his point - which might not be applicable to superhumans like Josef Hofmann and Simon Barere (but I can only imagine since they left no recordings of Op.111).
    Have you heard Arrau on Classic Archives? I also have a vague memory that Yudina did good things with it.
    Last edited by Mandryka; Aug-20-2017 at 07:13.

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    I've got all the Barere Carnegie recordings but the op110 didn't ring a bell. I'm listening to it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fenestella View Post
    No.32, Mvt.1: Dino Ciani, Sari Biro
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    I've never liked the the tempo of Ciani for 111.

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    I'm only truly familiar with 106 and 111, so I won't comment on the others.
    106: Giles does it for me, no question.
    111: Overall, Richter, but some others are good as well. I like Uchida, Kempff, and also Perahia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dillonp2020 View Post
    I'm only truly familiar with 106 and 111, so I won't comment on the others.
    106: Giles does it for me, no question.
    111: Overall, Richter, but some others are good as well. I like Uchida, Kempff, and also Perahia.
    Google tells me that Perahia has been performing Op. 111 in recital recently, but I was unaware that he had recorded it. Is it a recent release?

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    A correction on my original post.

    Quote Originally Posted by Holden4th View Post
    I thought that as a set, the Pollini is very, very good. Individually it's a bit different

    28 Hungerford (great to see others mention this great Aussie pianist) EDIT I was so pleased to see Hungerford mentioned that I got carried away. Hungerford never recorded Op 101. Right next to my Hungerford CDs is Ernst Levy and I love his quite original take on this sonata. I'm not sure how I mixed them up but I was enjoying a quite libation at the time.
    29 Sokolov - Moscow recording from about 20-30 years ago, it's coupled with the Schumann PC
    30 Hess - simply incomparable
    31 Richter - in Leipzig
    32 Arrau - on a EMI Classic Archive DVD (rec 1970)

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    Annie Fischer and Schnabel. It's been a while since I've heard the late sonatas played by Arrau, I recall they were excellent as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xaltotun View Post
    Inspired by this thread, I've been listening to Annie Fischer for two days now and I'M BLOWN AWAY.
    The Hungaraton box of her complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas is one of my favorite classical box sets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    The tension, like highly strung nervous tension, makes it very distinctive.
    Always an honor to meet connoisseurs who understand the esoterica of Barere's pianism because his pianism is kinda like the Greco-Roman mysteries - the exoterica (fast & furious) are for the many, the esoterica are for the few.

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