℗ Originally released 1962 BMG Music
© 2006 Sony Music Entertainment
Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827): Sonatas (Moonlight; Les Adieux; Pathetique; Appassionata)
Arthur Rubinstein, piano
Recorded April 6, 1962 ("Moonlight," "Les Adieux" and "Pathetique") and January 25 & 30, 1963 ("Appassionata")
Recorded in Manhattan Center, NYC
Producer: Max Wilcox
Recording Engineers: Anthony Salvator ("Moonlight," "Les Adieux" and "Pathetique") and Lewis Layton ("Appassionata")
Mastering Engineer: Mark Donahue
Remastered from first-generation session tapes at Soundmirror Inc., Boston MA
Original sessions recorded to 3-track half-inch tape on an Ampex 300 tape machine running at 15 inches per second.
Arthur Rubinstein was, among many other things, a master of Beethoven's piano music. These recordings highlight Rubinstein's expert sense of dynamics, tempo and pathos, transmitting Beethoven's intense muse outward to listeners. These recordings were well-reviewed in their time, and have been in print in one form or another since their release.
Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight"
I. Adagio sostenuto
III. Presto agitato
Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat, Op. 81a "Les Adieux"
I. Adagio; Allegro
II. Andante espressivo
Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
I. Allegro di molto e con brio
II. Adagio cantabile
III. Rondo: Allegro
Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro ma non troppo