In other words, Beethoven’s Final Three Piano Sonatas, Opuses 109, 110 & 111. Recorded live in Munich in June last year, with applause removed to allow a continuous sequence, Maurizio Pollini’s approach is essentially no-nonsense – fiery and direct – but, as the slow movements testify, not without sensitivity and eloquence, each Sonata seen whole, the pianist’s head and heart, intellect and technique, in tandem for very satisfying listening. You get the music (in closely observed sound). These are not beautiful performances but deeply committed ones, free of whimsy and ego, with some jazz in track 18 (part of the Opus 111 Variations). They are found on the Yellow Label / Deutsche Grammophon 483 8250.