Beethoven: The Late Sonatas Opp 101 & 106 - Mauriz
Each Beethoven sonata is a world of its own," says Maurizio Pollini. "Each has its own character, from the first note to the last. Each one is unique." Beethoven's music has accompanied the Italian pianist for almost his entire Life. In the 1970s, he made his now classic Gramophone Award-winning recording of the last five sonatas, and by 2014 Pollini had then recorded all 32 sonatas. But of course, an artist's work is never done, and in 2019 he returned to Beethoven's late sonatas to record the final three once again. With the present album, recorded in 2021 / 22 also in the excellent acoustics of Munich's Herkulessaal, Pollini now completes this second recording of the late sonatas. For him, both the A major Sonata op. 101 and the "Hammerklavier Sonata" op. 106 are "thoroughly ingenious works". In both sonatas, Beethoven explores new terrain and experiments with form, harmony and counterpoint. Opus 101 is generally considered to mark the beginning of Beethoven's "late style," the third and final phase of his career. And with Opus 106, he fundamentally revolutionized the genre, presenting pianists with entirely new technical and emotional challenges. For Pollini, it is "the greatest Beethoven sonata ever."