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KASP 57571 — Works by Beethoven and Schnabel

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KASP 57571 presents one of Beethoven's finest early works, the Sonata in C Minor, Op.10, No. 1, and one of his profound late works, the Sonata in E Major, Op. 109, together with two works composed by the great Beethoven interpreter, Artur Schnabel.

This CD includes the premiere recording of Schnabel's Dance Suite (1920-21) and the only currently available version of his Seven Pieces (1947). Karl Ulrich Schnabel described the Seven Pieces as his father's finest work for piano. According to The American Record Guide "These are splendidly crafted and expressive pieces, free of Schnabel's occasional excursions into self-indulgent excess but still infused with his very personal kind of fantasy; they are surely among his most effective and accesible mature works."

Upon receiving this recording the composer's other son, the actor, Stefan Schnabel, wrote to Donald Isler about the Dance Suite: "Every time I hear your lovely rendition of it, it causes a sweet nostalgic rumble in my soul. Thank you!"

The American Record Guide wrote that in addition to the "well-played" Beethoven sonatas "Donald Isler plays these rarities (the Schnabel works) with enthusiasm and flair."

KASP 57571:

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1
Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109

Artur Schnabel
Seven Pieces (1947)
Dance Suite (1920-21) (First Recording)

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