Album

Jan Bartoš

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas

Catalogue Number: SU 4252-2
Published: 22nd June 2018
Genre: Chamber Music
Format: 2 CD
Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata No. 3 in C major op. 2 No. 3, Sonata No. 9 in E major op. 14 No. 1, Sonata No. 23 F minor op. 57 "Appassionata", Sonáta No. 32 in C minor op. 111, 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor WoO 80, Six bagatelles op. 126

Jan Bartoš - piano

Launching his Mozart debut recorded with the Czech Philharmonic and Jiří Bělohlávek (Supraphon 2017), Jan Bartoš drew to himself a lot of critical attention on an international scale. Those who reviewed the album especially appreciated his rare ability to combine thorough understanding both of the musical architecture and the deep emotionality of the works (a quality possessed also by the pianist's tutors Ivan Moravec and Alfred Brendel). From the early "Haydn-like" Sonata No. 3 in C major to the highly dramatic "Appassionata" to the transcendent last Sonata No. 32 in C minor, which gives an impression of the composer parting with this world, the pianist facilitates to us the amazing integrity and colourfulness of Beethoven's piano work. During the thirty years separating his first and last piano opus, the composer tried out numberless experiments, and yet some crucial themes come up again and again; the imprint of his unique musical DNA is discernible from his very first opuses. In the hands of Jan Bartoš, Beethoven whispers, sings and thunders. We encounter a world full of contrasts, an image whose colours remain impressed in our memory for a long time.

This is not "another Beethoven". This is fascinating journey through the world full of colours, reliefs and emotions.

CD 1

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 3 C major Op. 2
1.
Allegro con brio 10:24
2.
Adagio 07:52
3.
Scherzo. Allegro 03:25
4.
Allegro assai 05:44
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 9 E major Op. 14
5.
Allegro 06:39
6.
Allegretto 03:56
7.
Rondo. Allegro comodo 03:36
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 23 "Appassionata" F minor Op. 57
8.
Allegro assai 10:16
9.
Andante con moto 06:10
10.
Allegro ma non troppo - Presto 08:40

CD 2

Ludwig van Beethoven
1.
32 Piano Variations On An Original Theme C minor WoO 80 11:21
Ludwig van Beethoven
Six Bagatells Op. 126
2.
Andante con moto 03:55
3.
Allegro 02:54
4.
Andante cantabile e grazioso 02:52
5.
Presto 04:03
6.
Quasi allegretto 02:21
7.
Presto - Andante amabile e con moto 05:04
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 32 C minor Op. 111
8.
Maestoso. Allegro con brio ed appassionato 09:47
9.
Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile 19:17