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Sensation yields to scandal: Gould’s feisty and headstrong treatment of the final triptych in Beethoven’s pianistic “New Testament” outraged the critics no less than his sleeve notes, in which he claimed of op. 111 that “the piece is weak in spots; it needs greater speed. Especially the first movement is such a bad piece that I wanted to get on to the finale.”

Beethoven Piano Sonatas Nos. 30-32

Released: 1956

    Disc 1

  1. Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: I. Vivace, ma non troppo
  2. Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: II. Prestissimo
  3. Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: III. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo (Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung)
  4. Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
  5. Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110: II. Allegro molto
  6. Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110: III. Adagio, ma non troppo - Fuga. Allegro, ma non troppo
  7. Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111: I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
  8. Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111: II. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile