Robert Silverman. Pianist.
Robert Silverman. Pianist.

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32 Sonatas Remastered, Vol. 1

32 Sonatas Remastered, Vol. 1

Vol. 1: Sonatas No. 8 (Pathertique) No. 21 (Waldstein) Op. 101


Vol. 1 (Pathetique and Waldstein, plus Op. 101) of a completely re-mastered recording of the 32 Sonatas of Beethoven available for download on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. Album by album for only $10 or less, or most of the tracks for a buck.

The first appearance of these recordings since both pressings of the CDs sold out completely shortly after they were issued. The raves were many, but Fanfare Magazine said it all in a lengthy, in depth review: "These performances are totally musical; that is, the music is first, not the playing of the music. He plays them naturally, as if he has lived with them all his life. He has found the essential humanity—the tragedy, the humor, and the triumph—of these works, and revealed it to us with a sense of gratitude. Silverman plays these masterpieces as musically as anyone I have ever heard. I recommend these as highly as possible."
The original CDs were masterfully recorded by Stereophile editor John Atkinson, and accurately reflected what the microphones "heard" in the spacious Santa Monica living room.  Silverman says "The recordings now have more oomph, and as far as I recollect, are a more accurate reflection of what I heard while seated at the piano."