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Thread: Looking for recommendations for Beethoven Piano Sonata No 31 (Op 110)

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    Thanks again for the replies!

    Josquin13, thanks so much for the links and advice. I am going to look into all of those suggestions. I just ordered the Youra Guller disk and also looking at the Gilels options. I have also found my favorite Richter performances to be in the 60's, with my favorite of his Op 110's to be a 1965 recording. I will need to look for the 1963 one you mentioned!

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    My favorites are ones you already listed: Brendel, Pollini, and Fischer. Some interesting runner-ups would be Bavouzet and Kikuchi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bharbeke View Post
    My favorites are ones you already listed: Brendel, Pollini, and Fischer. Some interesting runner-ups would be Bavouzet and Kikuchi.
    Thanks for mentioning Kikuchi.
    Last edited by Mandryka; Apr-23-2018 at 20:54.

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    For me I start with the fugal passages. I need to hear them at a decent speed, not too slow which eliminates Richter, Gilels and Serkin. I also want to hear them played with some degree of delicacy, shaping the phrases. This eliminates a number of pianists who choose a louder, more massive rendition - Kovacevich, Nikolayeva, Kempff, Pollini, Schnabel.

    So what's left for me is Annie Fischer, Myra Hess, Horszowski, Solomon, Backhaus and Egon Petri. I love Egon Petri in late Beethoven in general, together with Liszt and other composers. His #32, Op 111 is the best of all for me, followed by Julius Katchen. Myra Hess, as noted is really good in late Beethoven together with a lot of other repertoire like Schumann. Solomon and Backhaus need no introduction. The Horszowski is very nice.
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    One of my favorites is from the Soviet master Anatoly Vedernikov, who had the same teacher as Richter and Gilels and was one of the great Russian pianists of the 20th century. He's all about balance and clarity, and it works very well in Beethoven.


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    Another vote for Gilels but I don't own that many others.

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    Versions I have:

    Richter
    Serkin
    Kempff
    Pollini
    A Fischer
    Gould
    Schnabel
    Kovacevich
    Solomon

    All ahem something to say. Take your pick!

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    One should at least give Gould a listen

    (I´ve kept 18 versions).
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