Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas, Barenboim (6-DVD)
Record Label: EMI
Release Date: February 6, 2007
“[Barenboim] gives us his understanding of the music’s style, its context and its form. That’s not nearly as simple as it sounds . . . [He] somehow manages to keep Beethoven dangerous without emphasizing his extremes.” — Classical.net
In June and July 2006, Daniel Barenboim performed Beethoven’s complete Piano Sonatas over eight concerts in two weeks at the Berlin State Opera. These definitive performances were lavishly filmed and beautifully produced — presented here in a collection of six DVDs including four discs of recorded concerts and two discs of Barenboim leading masterclasses in January 2005 with notable pianists including Alessio Bax, Jonathan Biss and Lang Lang. Also included is a comprehensive booklet, providing additional food for thought via sonata-by-sonata essays by William Kinderman.