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BEETHOVEN // 5 Piano Sonatas

Michel Dalberto,

To explore the output of Beethoven means to accept the pleasure of being intoxicated by music in constant flux. The music of a composer who is undoubtedly ‘Classical’, but also a revolutionary in many respects, ‘with a gigantic imagination’

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The label La Dolce Volta is pleased to welcome pianist Michel Dalberto. Winner of the Clara Haskil Prize and the Leeds International Piano Competition, he enjoys a remarkable international recording and on stage career where he plays alongside with the greatest orchestras and under the baton of the greatest conductors.

For his first record with his new record label, he takes us on a vertiginous journey to the world of Beethoven with five of his emblematic sonatas.

Whether it is for its content or Michel Dalberto’s distinctive qualities as a player, here is a mandatory double album for anyone wishing to discover, or deepen, the essential corpus of Beethoven’s piano sonatas.


5 Piano Sonatas (1797)


  • Piano Sonata no.8 in C minor op.13, Pathétique 19’08
  • Piano Sonata no.12 in A flat major op.26, ‘Funeral March’ 19’21
  • Piano Sonata no.14 in C sharp minor op.27 no.2, ‘Moonlight’ 15’57
  • Piano Sonata no.23 in F minor op.57, ‘Appassionata’ 25’42
  • Piano Sonata no.32 in C minor op.111 25’47



A virtuoso of the old school, he wilfully plays in a way that is rare among contemporary pianists


The music’s brash edges are tempered through stronger linear awareness, along with particular care over trills, turns and other embellishments … Dalberto’s multi-dimensional textural deployment in the long chains of trills and the final peroration is positively otherworldly: exactly how otherworldly piano-writing ought to sound! As usual, La Dolce Volta offers classy, generous packaging with multi-language texts.

Born in Paris in 1955, Michel Dalberto was thirteen when he entered the class of Vlado Perlemuter, one of Alfred Cortot’s favourite pupils, at the Paris Conservatoire. Jean Hubeau also had a great influence on the young pianist.

At the age of twenty he won the First Mozart Competition in Salzburg and was unanimously awarded the Clara Haskil Prize. The First Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition (where he succeeded Radu Lupu, András Schiff and Murray Perahia) sealed his reputation in 1978.

He was then invited to play in most of Europe’s musical centres with such conductors as Erich Leinsdorf, Kurt Masur, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Charles Dutoit, Sir Colin Davis, Yuri Temirkanov and Daniele Gatti. He is also a guest at major festivals, including Lucerne, Florence, Aix-en-Provence, the Wiener Festwochen, Edinburgh, Schleswig- Holstein, La Grange de Meslay, La Roque d’Anthéron, Newport, Miami and Seattle. Since the beginning of his career, Michel Dalberto has been acknowledged as one of the leading interpreters of Schubert and Mozart. Among his other composers of predilection are Liszt, Debussy, Fauré, Schumann and Ravel.

A renowned chamber musician, he plays in trio formation with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, in duo partnerships with Boris Belkin, Vadim Repin, Nikolaj Znaider, Yuri Bashmet, Gérard Caussé, Truls Mørk and Emmanuel Pahud, and performs the piano quintet repertory with the Ébène and Modigliani quartets. In the domain of vocal music, he has partnered Jessye Norman, Barbara Hendricks and Nathalie Stutzmann. Michel Dalberto has also acquired experience as a conductor over the past few years and has conducted many orchestras in Asia and Europe.

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