Another pianist who attracts much critical admiration isYevgeny Sudbin, and both Haydn Works are included on BISSACD 1788 (full Price). Piano Sonatas Nos. 53 and 60 plus the Andante with Variations complete the disc. Budget alternatives come from Jeno Jandó, who is at his best in Haydn, and is recorded on Naxos 8.550844 and 8.553826. Various Haydn Sonatas and miscellaneous Piano Pieces complete the CDs.
Beethoven – Sonata Op.31/2 [Tempest]
Many of the recordings of great Beethoven interpreters are only available in sets of the complete Piano Sonatas, but I have three more affordable suggestions.
Sviatoslav Richter on a full price Praga disc, DSD 350061 gives a very thoughtful interpretation, and the couplings are Piano Sonatas Nos. 18 and 23. An alternative, more aggressive, reading comes from Friedrich Gulda on a budget price Decca 2 disc set, E4430122. Piano Sonatas Nos. 14, 15, 21-24, 32 complete the set, which is well-recorded. Finally, from a very fine Beethoven interpreter, often forgotten nowadays, Hans Richter-Haaser, there is a very cheap, well-recorded 6 CD set from EMI, 648309-2. 12 other Beethoven Sonatas, the Diabelli Variations, and Piano Concertos Nos.3-5 complete the set which can be obtained for less than the cost of 1 full price CD.
Bach – BWV 903
Another Angela Hewitt triumph on Hyperion CDA 66746 (full Price) includes the Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue, Fantasia in c minor, 2 Part Inventions and 3 Part Inventions. Alfred Brendel, on a medium Price Decca CD, 475 7760, provides an excellent alternative, and includes the Italian Concerto, Fantasia in c minor, and other Bach works.
For those expecting the Schubert Sonata, Raymond’s recommendations were:
Schubert – Sonata D784
A Budget 2 disc set from Decca 467 0922 has Alfred Brendel in superbly played, live performances of Schubert’s D.784, D.840, D.894, D.959 and D.960. These are slightly more interesting than the studio recordings.