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    Default Beethoven late sonatas-- Your favorite interpreters

    By "late", I meant No.28, 30, 31, and 32 (yeah, I don't like Hammerklavier at all ).

    Who are your favorite pianists in each, and as a whole?

    For me:

    28th: Schnabel and Gilels
    30th: Hess and Gilels
    31th: Schnabel
    32th: Schnabel and Arrau

    Overall, I still pick my old man Schnabel. But I would like to hear more from Beethoven specialists.
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    Pollini
    Serkin
    Kempff
    Richter
    A Fischer
    Solomon
    Schnabel

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    My favorites are:
    sonata no. 28 and 30 - Pollini
    sonata no. 31 - A Ciccolini
    sonata no. 32 - Trifonov

    I don't listen to whole sets because there is such a range of styles across the Sonata's that no one plays them all exceptionally well, however if I had choose one, then Schnabel would be it.

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    Arrau, Levit, Lucchesini, Pollini, Serkin.
    -merlin

    What you see depends upon where you stand.

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    Brendel has long been one of my favorites. Serious, thoughtful playing which suits the style of the late sonatas. Recently, though, Goodyear has been growing on me.

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    I never Tire of Goodyear.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    I never Tire of Goodyear.
    LOL! Goodyear never gets a flat tire, that's for sure. A few years ago, I heard him perform all 32 of Beethoven's piano sonatas in one day, and his stamina never flagged. I think I was more tired than he was at the end of the day!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettina View Post
    LOL! Goodyear never gets a flat tire, that's for sure. A few years ago, I heard him perform all 32 of Beethoven's piano sonatas in one day, and his stamina never flagged. I think I was more tired than he was at the end of the day!!
    They used to have marathons like that when I lived in NYC. Why did I ever move away?
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    Nothing to do with Beethoven last sonatas. An Scotish friend once told me an american Who was visiting Scotland went to a kilt shop and asked which tartan would fit to his name (Dunlop). As Dunlop Is not an Scottish name, The shop assistant answered: no doubt, McIntire

    what about Arrau and Kovacevich?

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    Anton Kuerti's hammerklavier. Vladimir Feltsman. I beg you all to listen to feltsman's last beethoven sonatas
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    I agree on Goodyear's excellent Beethoven cycle. Those interested should know it can be had, as a download, for $5.99. Amazing, that! These are 320K MP3s.

    https://us.7digital.com/artist/stewa...6%2C17%2C9%2C2
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    Bruce Hungerford. Annie Fischer.

    I never get tired of listening to these two great Beethoven interpreters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    Bruce Hungerford. Annie Fischer.

    I never get tired of listening to these two great Beethoven interpreters.
    Oh no, how could I even forget ashtray Annie! Yes, her late Beethoven are remarkable too. At the moment, Schnabel and Annie Fischer are my two favorite Beethoven interpreters.

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    This is so good


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    Arrau
    Brendel
    Goode
    Pollini
    Serkin
    Schnabel
    Backhaus
    Solomon
    Gilels
    Kempff
    Barenboim
    Schiff
    Fischer
    Richter - Not his Op.110 though, it is one of the very, very, few interpretations of any repertoire that Richter falls flat in.

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