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Beethoven: the Piano Sonatas: Volume One

by Steven Masi

Volume One of a nine CD set including the "Pastoral" and "Pathetique" Sonatas, as well as the spirited Op. 79 and the magnificent Op. 101.
Genre: Classical: Beethoven
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1. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op 28: I. Allegro
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2. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op 28: II. Andante
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3. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op 28: III. Scherzo: Allegro Vivace; Trio
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4. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op 28: IV. Allegro, Ma Non Troppo; Piu Allegro Quasi Presto
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5. Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79: I. Presto Alla Tedesca
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6. Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79: II. Andante
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7. Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79: III. Vivace
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8. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13: I. Grave: Allegro Di Molto E Con Brio
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9. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13: II. Adagio Cantabile
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10. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13: III. Rondo: Allegro
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11. Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: I. Etwas Lebhaft and Mit Der Innigsten Empfindung
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12. Piano Sonata No 28 in A Major, Op. 101: II. Lebhaft, Marschmaessig
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13. Piano Sonata No 28 in A Major, Op. 101: III. Langsam Und Sehnsuchtvoll: IV. Geschwinde, Doch Mit Zu Sehr, Und Mit Entschlossenheit
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Acclaimed as an artist of unusual sensitivity and virtuosity, pianist Steven Masi has concertized extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia.   As a recitalist and chamber musician he has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, Casals Festival, Chattauqua Festival and Music Festival of the Hamptons, and as a guest soloist with The American Symphony, Atlanta Symphony and New Symphony Orchestra of London.  In Germany he was an artist member of the Bonn Chamber Music Society and recorded extensively for the Southwest German Radio and Aulos Records.  He has toured the United States with the Bonn Woodwind Quintet, and as a member of the Odyssey Chamber Players and Leonore Trio.  A graduate of the Juilliard School,  Mr. Masi lives in Leonia, New Jersey with his wife, clarinetist Diana Petrella and son Aidan.


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Marina Musaelian

Incredible musician
Please check this new CD, Steven Masi is an incredible musician

Roy Lewis

Opus 101
I listened to this recording of 101 last night and loved it. Wonderfully clear point of view and breadth of vision. Great sound, too.

Jerry Dubins

Fanfare Magazine
I don’t know what life Steven Masi was living when this materialization of Beethoven’s A-Major Sonata came into being because I wasn’t there for any of his previous existences, but the one he experienced for this performance must have been of transcendent grace and glory, for it’s a performance of both bliss and ecstasy.

Harris Goldsmith

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Volume 1 Steven Masi, piano
What I find particularly distinctive and impressive about the performances on this compact disc is that Masi’s interpretive style is refreshingly single minded and seemingly far removed from what many typically expect from an “in your face” objective modern American philosophy: The first few bars of the “so-called” Pastoral Sonata, Op. 28 unfold with a serene, patient deliberation that immediately (for this seasoned listener) recall the unhurried, cameolike intimacy of Wilhelm Kempff: The remaining three movements have gratifying detail, many subtleties of nuance and tempo plasticity (within a firm basic pulse)...
And in many ways, Masi’s version of the Op. 101 Sonata is the most distinctive of all. The Alla Marcia second movement has exemplary clarity of voicing, and buoyant rhythmic firmness especially. And the work’s total architecture is ironclad and organic.

Maria Nockin

Fanfare Magazine Sept/Oct
If Beethoven’s music reminds us of our humanity and the fact that we are constantly reaching for that which is a few centimeters beyond our grasp, Masi reminds us that ordinary human beings can perform wonders when given the chance. Obviously, he has spent a great deal of time analyzing these pieces because he plays with fresh insight. His interpretation has a solid structure and his execution appears to be effortless. The clear sound on this disc gives the listener the impression of being in an intimate concert hall and the tone of the piano is perfectly transmitted. I recommend this recording to lovers of the piano who would like to hear a new, totally valid take on these familiar pieces.

June Wolfberg

Bravo
It's a masterpiece. The sound is glorious, the technique is always astounding. Am particularly in love with Op.28. Can't wait for the Waldstein!

Joe Patrych

True Artistry
As a piano centric recording producer, it is understandable that recording all the Beethoven Piano Sonatas could be considered an Olympian project. The pleasure of collaborating with Steven Masi on this Herculean task makes it all the more pleasurable; His innate intelligence and musicality coupled with the technical apparatus to do justice to these impossibly difficult works makes the process joyful and satisfying. His is true artistry.