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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op. 27/2, "Moonlight," Opp. 26, 27/1, & 49
Beethoven, Stephen Kovacevich
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op. 27/2, "Moonlight," Opp. 26, 27/1, & 49
Genre: Classical
 
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This disc of Beethoven Piano Sonatas is the seventh in Stephen Kovacevich's accumulating cycle, and it stakes his claim ever more forcefully to be our leading Beethovenian. Moreover, the current five works (Nos. 12, 13, 14...  more »

     
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All Artists: Beethoven, Stephen Kovacevich
Title: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op. 27/2, "Moonlight," Opp. 26, 27/1, & 49
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Label: Angel Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2001
Re-Release Date: 7/3/2001
Genre: Classical
Styles: Chamber Music, Forms & Genres, Sonatas, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830), Romantic (c.1820-1910)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724355713124, 724355713155

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This disc of Beethoven Piano Sonatas is the seventh in Stephen Kovacevich's accumulating cycle, and it stakes his claim ever more forcefully to be our leading Beethovenian. Moreover, the current five works (Nos. 12, 13, 14, 19, and 20) make a fascinating group, even if the latter two are modest exceptions in Beethoven's colossal sonata oeuvre. Kovacevich--who has made his home in London ever since his lessons with Myra Hess in 1959--has always been a man for the slow burn rather than the flashy burst, and his patient keyboard craftsmanship is yielding wondrous results. The unassuming little Sonatas 19 and 20 blossom under his fingers, while the magisterial earlier trio--which really do hang together like different facets of the same vast concept--emerge in all their quirkily passionate splendor. Kovacevich opens Op. 26--Chopin's favorite, with its programmatic dead march--with the feeling of great power held in reserve. Its scherzo is spring-heeled, and its final movement has a marvelous sense of release. The oft-maligned Op. 27 No. 1 is imbued with spacious grace, and the sonata that Beethoven himself never knew as "Moonlight" comes to an appropriately volcanic conclusion. --Michael Church
 

CD Reviews

The Latest in Kovacevich's New Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle
John Kwok | New York, NY USA | 11/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Without question, Stephen Kovacevich's latest recording of Beethoven's piano sonatas makes a very compelling case for him as our foremost interpreter of Beethoven. Once he completes recording the entire cycle, his interpretations will undoubtedly be the new standard against which others shall be compared. His performances on all of these sonatas are filled with ample keyboard precision coupled with vibrant, dramatic playing. For example his performance of the "Moonlight" sonata is the most exhilirating I've heard, replete with much passion as well as grace. Kovacevich knows when to take off, playing loudly when the score demands it; conversely his soft, tranquil playing is easily the most serene I have heard from a noted contemporary interpreter of Beethoven, with the possible exception of Richard Goode. The sound quality of this CD is absolutely exemplary."