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Beethoven: Sonatas Nos. 30-32 (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress)Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No. 30 in E major op. 109, No. 31 in A-flat major op. 110, No. 32 in C minor op. 111
Myths abound when it comes to the late works of important composers. It is debatable as to whether this is due to their timelessness, or their often extensive form, which makes great demands on the listener, or simply the supreme skill with regard to the composer’s own musical language, which is demonstrated in mature works. It is commonly understood that a performer of late works should treat them with due respect and possess an exceptional command of his instrument. But not so with Glenn Gould, who at the tender age of 23, shortly after his recording debut for the Columbia label of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, dared to perform Beethoven’s last three Piano Sonatas.
Gould, as always analytical, yet supremely flowing, carves out the tightly-knit contrapuntal structure of the fast movements. The slow movements are finely perceived though free of contemplative sentiment and waft gently through the air, here somewhat drily dabbed at, then again singing and full of round, melodious piano sound. Bar for bar it is noticeable that the young Gould knows exactly what he is doing and with whom he is dealing. Here in the hands of this young maestro Beethoven’s spirit is certainly compelling and intoxicating.
- Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)
- Glenn Gould (piano)
Recording: June 1956 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, by Fred Plaut in mono
Production: Howard H. Scott
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s – or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky“), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects – excluding the exception above – and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Sonata No. 30 In E Major, Op. 109 - Vivace, Ma Non Troppo, Sempre Legato
2. Sonata No. 30 In E Major, Op. 109 - Prestissimo
3. Sonata No. 30 In E Major, Op. 109 - Andante Molto Cantabile Ed Espressivo; Variations I-VI
4. Sonata No. 31 In A-Flat Major, Op. 110 - Moderato Cantabile Molto Espressivo
5. Sonata No. 31 In A-Flat Major, Op. 110 - Allegro Molto
6. Sonata No. 31 In A-Flat Major, Op. 110 - Adagio No Non Troppo (Beginning)
7. Sonata No. 31 In A-Flat Major, Op. 110 - Fuga (Conclusion)
8. Sonata No. 32 In C Minor, Op. 111 - Maestoso; Allegro Con Brio Ed Appassionato
9. Sonata No. 32 In C Minor, Op. 111 - Arietta (Adagio Molto Semplice E Cantabile)
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