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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas/Rudolf Buchbinder (2014/Naxos/C Major/Unitel Classica Blu-ray Box Set)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: C+ Concert: B

If you're a fan of Beethoven, classical, or piano sonatas then you won't want to miss this highly collectible Blu-ray box set of Beethoven Piano Sonatas that features classical musician Rudolf Buchbinder on piano, playing all of the piano sonatas from 1-32 spanning three Blu-ray discs. Recorded in high definition at the Salzburg Festival, Mozarteum, GroBer Saal in August 2014, this presentation will no doubt serve as inspiration for musicians and keep the rest of us in awe at this man's undeniable talent.

It[s safe to say that Rudolf Buchbinder is an admirer of Beethoven as he is seen here performing Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, also known as ''the New Testament of piano music'' with ease. Spanning the musician's entire life, the sonatas reflect both his personal life and his career. Some key sonatas featured are ''Pathetique'', ''Moonlight'', ''Waldstein'', ''Appassionata'', ''Hammerklavier'' and the final sonata, op. 111.

Presented in 1080i high definition with a 1.77:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 4.0 lossless track, the concert looks and sounds fine for Blu-ray but one can't help but wonder how improved a 1080p or 4K shoot would look. There is also a PCM 2.0 Stereo track on the disc that isn't as impressive as DTS, but not terrible either based on what your home sound system is like.

The only extra on one of the discs is a thirty-six-minute interview with Rudolf Buchbinder about the Beethoven Piano Sonatas. A booklet full of linear notes is also included that serves as a program to the show.

This is a nice collection, in highly collectible form, that classical music lovers won't want to miss!

- James Lockhart



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