So my dirt cheap edition of Beethoven sonatas that I bought at a random Chinese bookstore is falling apart and I thought I’d take the chance to buy an actually good edition this time.
First I thought just going for the Henle. But after reading around a bit, apparently some people on 88world mentioned that a new ABRSM edition by Barry Cooper is the best. Somehow it even has 35 piano sonatas instead of 32…just wtf
Pricing wise both the Henle and the Cooper edition look to be about the same (around $110 for the complete sonatas). Any recommendations? I’d prefer the books to be ones that actually stay open. The Henle urtext editions I bought on Bach’s Goldbergs, Brahms’ piano works and Bach’s Partitas are excellent in this regard.
I use multiple editions but like Arrau’s Peters one in particular.
Its an urtext with his fingering and performance indications, some of the fingering he suggests I wouldn’t think of in a million years (not all of them work though!).