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."