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.

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1
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Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2
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Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3
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Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7
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Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1
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Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2
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Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3
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Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, "Pathétique"
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Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1
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Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2
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Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22
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Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26
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Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1, "Quasi una fantasia"
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Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight"
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Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28, "Pastorale"
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Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1
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Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest"
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Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, "The Hunt"
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Piano Sonata No. 19 in G Minor, Op. 49, No. 1
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Piano Sonata No. 20 in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2
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Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein"
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Piano Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54
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Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata"
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Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 78, "À Thérèse"
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Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79
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Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a, "Les Adieux"
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Piano Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90
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Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101
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Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
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Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
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Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110
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Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
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