Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Ludwig van Beethoven, Daniel Barenboim|
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas [Box Set]
A Wonderful Beethoven Sonata Cycle
John Kwok | New York, NY USA | 02/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the lesser stars of my classical CD collection. I find Barenboim's playing rich in elegant technique and warmth. Unlike Brendel, he views Beethoven with a deep emotional richness that is quite apparent throughout the entire sonata cycle. Barenboim shows that he is as comfortable playing Beethoven's early sonatas such as the Pathetique as he is with the later, more complex works like the Hammerklavier. Only Claudio Arrau and Wilhelm Kempff surpass Barenboim's combination of superb technique coupled with warm, passionate performances. Yet Barenboim's Deutsche Grammophon Beethoven sonata cycle is available at a far lower price than either Arrau's or Kempff's."
NOT a first or second or third or fourth choice for this set
Cindy Carrandi | 12/18/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First the positive:
1. Excellent Sound.
2. Great Beauty of tone.
3. Great price.
4. Many moments of brilliance. (His Pathetique for example).
Now the Negative:
1. Often Lacks Energy.
2. Often Played too slow.
3. Too much Barenboim, not enough Beethoven. (overinterpreted)
To make it clear, I loved his "songs without words" (also on DG), and at first loved this set. With repeated hearings it became clear that the above issues necessitated a replacement. The real problem is consistency, when he's on he's ON, but when he's off, boy is he OFF!
Annie Fisher was recommended by my Music History professor and many others, so I will entrust this glorious music to her. Although over 100 bucks, I now love this music enough to want to have a great set. By the way a complete set by Backhaus is available, as is a cheap two fer of his Beethoven."
George Perkins | 03/01/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"If you like in your Beethoven:
1. Slower tempos.
2. More rubato.
3. Beautiful Tone.
4. More depth.
5. Less Intensity.
6. Digital Sound.
Then this is probably the set for you.
If you don't, then PLEASE try Gulda's set for about $25 dollars less on Brilliant Classics. His tone is nice but he doesn't have any of the above qualities. I have both of these sets and like about a third of Barenboims interpretations, while I enjoy more than two thirds of Gulda's."