Customer Reviews for Klaviersonaten - Band II
Location: from Edmonton, AB
March 28, 2012
Henle editions have always been my choice of edition, and it has never failed me. I am pleased to say that it never stops surprising me how (much the book costs! :]) well the quality of the book is and for me, the price always comes second. Quality is what i need, and quality is what i got!
16 of 37 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Maplewood NJ
October 31, 2011
Expensive but necessary
Sure the urtext costs a lot. But you need to have the real thing, and Schirmer just doesn't cut it. I've been buying Henle-Verlag for everything but Ravel and Bach for the past 15 years, and I've been completely satisfied with their fidelity to the original, for their choices of which manuscripts to go with, with their fingerings. And in a book this size, the binding is important -- My Volume 1 of the sonatas is 15 years old and counting, with frequent use. It's just a necessity, so suck it up and pay the bucks.
22 of 45 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Topeka, Kansas
September 4, 2010
Not exactly the best edition and overpriced
I have three eiditions of the Beethoven sonatas: Bulow-Lebert, Sir Francis Tovey and now the G. Henle Verlag. I would have to say that of these editions, the Tovey stands out for a number of reasons. First is the presentation of the detailed analysis of each sonata which, the Verlag is greatly lacking. Even the Bulow-Leber, while offering far less than the Tovey edition, does include some analysis. Secondly, the Tovey edition offers very instructive pedaling notes which are extremely important especially for the middle and late periods. The Henle Verlag offers nothing with regard to pedaling and as we all know, artful pedaling is what separates a neophyte from a professional. Therefore, I cannot recommend the Henle edition and would have to give it a C.
39 of 83 people found this review helpful.
Location: from DeLand, FL
January 19, 2010
The Best Available Edition
Henle Urtext editions, particularly of Bach and Beethoven, are easily the best available. They are extremely reliable, scholarly, and very well laid out. This is an extremely valuable asset to your music library.
35 of 78 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Central Washington University
June 6, 2009
A must have for any serious pianist
"I am a piano performance major and can easily say this is the best edition to get. Dover and others have mistakes and poor fingers. This edition is worth every penny and is one of the best investments you can make as a pianist. I recommend getting it covered and bound at a local store (ie copy shop) to make it last long. The later Beethoven sonatas are not for beginners, a great book for college students."
35 of 77 people found this review helpful.
Location: from annapolis, maryland
March 20, 2009
Must own edition for pianists of any level
As far as Urtext editions go, Henle is best for Beethoven Sonatas. The edition is beautifully put together and designed to last a long time. I'm a pianist in grad school and have put off the purchase of these volumes because of the price, but in the end it's worth it. I'll have this edition for the rest of my life and hopefully pass it on to my own children or piano students.
28 of 58 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Cincinnati, Ohio
July 27, 2008
clear, well-edited edition; good fingerings, good page turns and editing
21 of 41 people found this review helpful.
May 2, 2008
It is quite a big book of blue color. length 31 cm, width 24 cm. The price is good for book. The first band includes sonatas from 1st to 15th. The second band includes from 16th to 32.
11 of 22 people found this review helpful.
Location: from San Francisco
January 9, 2008
Best Urtext edition of Beethoven piano music
Henle Publishers are well known to be among the best publishers for classical piano music.
15 of 24 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Orlando, FL
July 16, 2007
I absolutely love these Sonatas. They are fabulous tools for analyzing music, studying composition or for piano technique. They are necessary for any piano student.
10 of 22 people found this review helpful.