The Beethoven Collection (Piano Sonatas and Concertos)
Ludwig van Beethoven

The Beethoven Collection (Piano Sonatas and Concertos)

Gerard Willems

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The Beethoven-Willems Collection
Recorded on the Australian designed and built Stuart & Sons piano
Gerard Willems is arguably one of the World’s pre-eminent Beethoven interpreters and one of Australia’s finest concert pianists. In addition to Beethoven’s complete piano concertos, this 15-disc collection presents his ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) Award-winning recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, plus the rarely heard Electoral Sonatas – products of Beethoven’s teen years that reveal how early his astonishing talent began to manifest itself – the Fantasia Sonata in D major, (reconstructed by Dutch musicologist Cees Nieuwenhuizen) along with the Diabelli Variations, C minor Variations, Andante favori and Für Elise. The boxed set includes extensive notes and annotations contained in a 100 page booklet.

This Beethoven offering is recorded on the Australian designed and built Stuart & Sons piano. The Stuart & Sons piano is distinctive on many levels but is unique in the way the piano is strung which liberates the instruments dynamic range. The piano also features an extra 2 octaves (102 keys total), producing a distinctly characteristic sound, combining the great aspects of the establised pianos marques: Steinway’s subtle tones, the richness of the Bösendorfer Imperial, the evenness of a Yamaha, with the fabulous casework surpassing that of a Fazioli.

Gerard Willems, was born in Tilburg Holland. He made his London debut in 1974, Munich in 1977 and Amsterdam in 1978 and has lived in Australia since 1981. He is now Chair of the Keyboard Department at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. For the concerto recordings, Willems is working with acclaimed ABC Classics conductor Antony Walker, who is currently Music Director of the Pittsburgh Opera and the Washington Concert Opera.
The release coincides with the publication of Brendan Ward’s book, The Beethoven Obsession also available as an enhanced edition e-book
Box set contents:
Discs 1 – 11 Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas, Fantasia Sonata,
Diabelli Variations, C minor Variations, Andante favori and Für Elise
Discs 12 – 14 Complete Piano Concertos
DVD - Beethoven: ‘Emperor’ Concerto Performance with Commentary plus Wayne Stuart – Piano Man’ - creator of Stuart & Sons.

Beethoven auf einem australischen Ausnahme-Instrument. 2 Oktaven mehr und klanglich ausgefeilt.

Gerard Willems wurde 1946 in Tilburg, Niederlande, geboren. Am dortigen Konservatorium war er bis zu seinem 12. Lebensjahr Chorist und Klavierschüler. Die Familie wanderte 1958 nach Australien aus, wo Willem weiterhin Klavierunterricht nahm und später am Sydney Conservatorium of Music studierte. Seine solistische Karriere begann 1974 in London, danach konzertierte er weltweit und wurde Dozent in Sydney. Gerard Willems gilt neben seinen Soloauftritten als engagierter Liedbegleiter und Kammermusiker. Willems war außerdem der erste australische Pianist, der sämtliche Werke von Ludwig van Beethoven einspielte. Er bevorzugt die revolutionären Flügel der australischen Klavierbauerfirma Stuart&Sons, deren Instrumente in Handarbeit gefertigt werden und mit 2,9m Breite statt der üblichen 88 über 102 Tasten verfügen.
Die Beethoven Collection enthält eine DVD mit dem 5. Klavierkonzert sowie einem Kommentar des Klavierbauers Wayne Stuart.

Box set Inhalt:
Discs 1 – 11 Beethoven Sämtliche Klaviersonaten, Fantasia Sonata,
Diabelli Variationen, c-moll-Variationen, Andante favori und Für Elise
Discs 12 – 14 Sämtliche Klavierkonzerte
DVD - Beethoven: ‘Emperor’ Concerto Performance mit einem Kommentar von Wayne Stuart  'Piano Man’ der Firma Stuart & Sons.