Editors' Notes Among the first major releases for Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year, this epic sets a towering standard for the rest. Levit—one of the most thoughtful, adventurous and technically equipped of the young generation of pianists—gives us the piano sonatas in performances full of fantasy, vitality and huge emotional power. These 32 works, spanning a period of 27 years, come close to being Beethoven’s musical diary and form one of the most impressive bodies of work ever created. Levit has played them many times in public, and he brings that experience to these studio recordings in performances of colossal authority.

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Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1: I. Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1: II. Adagio
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Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1: III. Menuetto. Allegretto
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Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1: IV. Prestissimo
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Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2: I. Allegro vivace
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Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2: II. Largo appassionato
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Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2: III. Scherzo. Allegretto
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Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2: IV. Rondo. Grazioso
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Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3: I. Allegro con brio
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Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3: II. Adagio
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Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3: III. Scherzo. Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3: IV. Allegro assai
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Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7: I. Allegro molto e con brio
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Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7: II. Largo, con gran espressione
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Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7: III. Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7: IV. Rondo. Poco allegretto e grazioso
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Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1
Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1: I. Allegro molto e con brio
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Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1: II. Adagio molto
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Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1: III. Finale. Prestissimo
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Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2
Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2: I. Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2: II. Allegretto
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Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2: III. Presto
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Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3: I. Presto
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Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3: II. Largo e mesto
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Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3: III. Menuetto. Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3: IV. Rondo. Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, "Pathétique"
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, "Pathétique": I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
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Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, "Pathétique": II. Adagio cantabile
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Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, "Pathétique": III. Rondo. Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1: I. Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1: II. Allegretto
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Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1: III. Rondo. Allegro comodo
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Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2: I. Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2: II. Andante
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Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2: III. Scherzo. Allegro assai
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Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22
Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22: I. Allegro con brio
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Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22: II. Adagio con molto espressione
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Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22: III. Menuetto
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Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22: IV. Rondo. Allegretto
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Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26: I. Andante con variazioni
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Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26: II. Scherzo. Allegro molto
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Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26: III. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un eroe
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Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26: IV. Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1, "Quasi una fantasia"
Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1, "Quasi una fantasia": I. Andante - Allegro - Tempo I
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Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1, "Quasi una fantasia": II. Allegro molto e vivace
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Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1, "Quasi una fantasia": III. Adagio con espressione
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Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1, "Quasi una fantasia": IV. Allegro vivace
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Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight"
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": I. Adagio sostenuto
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Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": II. Allegretto
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Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": III. Presto agitato
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Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28, "Pastorale"
Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28, "Pastorale": I. Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28, "Pastorale": II. Andante
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Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28, "Pastorale": III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
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Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28, "Pastorale": IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo
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Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1
Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1: I. Allegro vivace
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Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1: II. Adagio grazioso
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Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1: III. Rondo. Allegretto
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Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest"
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest": I. Largo - Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest": II. Adagio
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Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest": III. Allegretto
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Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, "The Hunt"
Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, "The Hunt": I. Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, "The Hunt": II. Scherzo. Allegretto vivace
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Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, "The Hunt": III. Menuetto. Moderato e grazioso
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Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, "The Hunt": IV. Presto con fuoco
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Piano Sonata No. 19 in G Minor, Op. 49, No. 1
Piano Sonata No. 19 in G Minor, Op. 49, No. 1: I. Andante
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Piano Sonata No. 19 in G Minor, Op. 49, No. 1: II. Rondo. Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 20 in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2
Piano Sonata No. 20 in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2: I. Allegro, ma non troppo
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Piano Sonata No. 20 in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2: II. Tempo di Menuetto
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Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein"
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein": I. Allegro con brio
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Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein": II. Introduzione. Adagio molto
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Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein": III. Rondo. Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo
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Piano Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54
Piano Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54: I. In Tempo d'un Menuetto
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Piano Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54: II. Allegretto - Più allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata"
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata": I. Allegro assai
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Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata": II. Andante con moto
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Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata": III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto
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Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 78, "À Thérèse"
Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 78, "À Thérèse": I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo
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Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 78, "À Thérèse": II. Allegro vivace
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Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79
Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79: I. Presto alla tedesca
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Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79: II. Andante
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Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79: III. Vivace
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Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a, "Les Adieux"
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a, "Les Adieux": I. Das Lebewohl. Adagio - Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a, "Les Adieux": II. Abwesendheit. Andante espressivo
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Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a, "Les Adieux": III. Das Wiedersehn. Vivacissimamente
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Piano Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90
Piano Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90: I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
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Piano Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90: II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen
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Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung
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Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: II. Lebhaft. Marschmäßig
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Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll
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Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: IV. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit
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Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier": I. Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier": II. Scherzo. Assai vivace - Presto - Tempo I
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Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier": III. Adagio sostenuto. Appassionato e con molto sentimento
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Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier": IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto
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Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: I. Vivace ma non troppo
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Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: II. Prestissimo
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Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
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Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
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Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: II. Allegro molto
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Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: III. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo
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Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
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Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: II. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
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