Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Op. 31 & 49Deutsche Grammophon
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Almost forty years have passed since Maurizio Pollini made his first studio recording of piano sonatas by Beethoven. His visionary interpretations of the composer's Piano Sonata opp. 109 & 110 on the Deutsche Grammophon label marked the beginning of an extraordinary artistic journey. The great Italian artist crowns his complete Beethoven cycle with this release of the Piano Sonatas opp. 31 & 49, a title certain to take its place in the pantheon of essential piano recordings. The new album, which was released on January 6 in the US, was recorded in the Herkulessaal Munich in 2013–14 and will also be released as part of an eight-disc box comprising Pollini's survey of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas.
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