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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 - Nos, 1-3, 5-10, 12-14
Ludwig van Beethoven, Glenn Gould
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 - Nos, 1-3, 5-10, 12-14
Genre: Classical
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #3


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All Artists: Ludwig van Beethoven, Glenn Gould
Title: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 - Nos, 1-3, 5-10, 12-14
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 1
Label: Sony
Release Date: 4/19/1994
Genre: Classical
Styles: Forms & Genres, Sonatas, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830), Modern, 20th, & 21st Century, Romantic (c.1820-1910)
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaCD Credits: 3
UPC: 074645263823

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Gould Realizes Beethoven...
Sébastien Melmoth | Hôtel d'Alsace, PARIS | 01/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"These are great recordings. Gould realizes Beethoven: he sees what's there, not merely playing the notes, but understanding the vision. He takes some movements very briskly; others, he expands to a heavenly length.

Frequently, these earlier works of Beethoven are marginalized by his later, greater works; still, these pieces are works of pure art, and Gould sees this and brings them to vivid life.

About the sound: these tracks were recorded over a 15-year period. Sony has done a wonderful job with its "Super Bit Mapping" techne; still, there are a few quirks embedded in the recordings which cannot be removed: specifically, a little "ticking" from Gould's Steinway on the '60s tracks. At that time, Gould was tinkering with his piano to achieve a certain feel to the keys--a kind of immediacy and tactile ease of stroke--by removing the bushings which padded the key mechanism. As a result, he got the feel he wanted, but was also stuck with "ticking" keys. This doesn't bother me, as the results speak for themselves: an aesthetic vision of unparalleled ecstasy. Nevertheless, the "ticks" are audible sometimes: it's part of the art and vision."
The genius of Glenn Gould
Thomas C. Nagy | Ebensburg, PA USA | 04/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Beethoven may not have approved of these interpretations, but can only admire the technical facility and perfection that Glenn Gould offers. Unconventional in his life and his musicianship, Glenn Gould plays these sonatas with stunning clarity and accuracy that can only be defined as pure genius!"
Piano playing in its ultimate guise.
camstrings | south eng | 01/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Gould & Beethoven..hmm, but it's simply superb in terms of control, interpretive originality & beauty of sound. Gould's mastery allows him an expressive range that leaves other pianists grounded: try the final movement of the Pathetique or the opening of op.14 no1. Either you'll view him as a showman or a genius. Be thankful he loved the recording studio!"