Editors’ Notes Having first recorded Beethoven’s final three piano sonatas in 1977, the great Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini returns to them in a new live recording. Pollini’s playing has lost none of its majesty in the intervening years, but perhaps where, in the studio, his performances may have previously emerged a little too pristine, here Beethoven’s artistic struggles and technical challenges are thrust further into the open. Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111 rages anew, its astonishing Arietta and variations restless, searching. Op. 109 initially treads a more lyrical course, but Pollini constantly heaves Beethoven’s mental agonies, once again, to the surface. This is dramatic, wild, bold playing that demands to be heard.

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Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: 1. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo
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Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: 2. Prestissimo
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Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: 3a. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)
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Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: 3b. Variation I: Molto espressivo
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Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: 3c. Variation II: Leggiermente
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Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: 3d. Variation III: Allegro vivace
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Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: 3e. Variation IV: Etwas langsamer als das Thema
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Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: 3f. Variation V: Allegro, ma non troppo
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Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: 3g. Variation VI: Tempo I del tema
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Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: 1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
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Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: 2. Allegro molto
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Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: 3a. Adagio ma non troppo
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Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: 3b. 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: 1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
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Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: 2a. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
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Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: 2b. Variation I
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Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: 2c. Variation II
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Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: 2d. Variation III
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Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: 2e. Variation IV
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Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: 2f. Variation V
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