Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory published a complete collection of piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) in honor of the 250th anniversary of the birth of the German composer. The sonatas were recorded in the performance on copies of historical instruments of the classic era.
According to the Conservatory speaker, the famous American piano master and restorer Paul McNulty created the full-fledged replicas of instruments. The recording took place in Moscow, Brno and Warsaw.
Anniversary Edition named “Beethoven. The Collection of Clavier Sonatas” consists of nine CDs. Thirty-two Beethoven piano sonatas were created in Vienna between 1795 and 1822. In addition to those, the collection included seven more works of the composer of his early and middle periods in this genre, usually called sonatinas.
“We have created a kind of masterpiece. These CDs will now not only be collectibles, but also, of course, will be in demand by those musicians who are following the path of historical performances,” said Alexander Sokolov, Rector of the Conservatory, President of the Council of Russian Organization for Intellectual Property (VOIS).
The sonatas were performed by Alexey Lyubimov, Professor, the author of the idea to record them, and his disciples: Yuri Martynov, Alexei Zuev, Alexandra Koreneva, Olga Martynova, Elizaveta Miller and Olga Pashchenko.