One cannot live by complete cycles of Beethoven
I don't know what the heck Todd is talking about or refering to most of the time, which I'm sure is my loss, but ya gotta love his positive contributions to this forum.
Just a note to say your efforts are not falling on deaf ears. Keep em comin', Todd. Much appreciated.
Now, if we could just get Jazzfan to reconsider?
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When I read last year that Kun-Woo Paik would record all of the Beethoven piano sonatas, I was interested though not exactly spurred to rush out and buy it the day it was released. My exposure to this pianist is limited to his very good Prokofiev Piano Concertos on Naxos, his (relatively) light and nuanced touch bringing something appealing to the works that some others miss. But Beethoven? Now, I
[This is from early January.]
A new year means it
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Ikuyo Nakamichi - Volumes 3 & 9
I figured it was about time I listen to more of Ms Nakamichi
Mari Kodama, Volume 3(?)
Yet another on-going cycle it seems. Or at least I hope. (Or do I?) PentaTone, led by erstwhile Philips execs, has released three hybrid SACDs of Mari Kodama playing some of LvB
[I don't know if Mr Angelich will record a complete cycle or not, but I'll post this here anyway.]
I figured I ought to give at least one other young-ish contemporary pianist a shot in Elveebee
Paul Lewis, Volume 2
Care to comment on the amazing Joyce Hatto, in light of recent revelations that she apparently didn't record any of the solo piano discs attributed to her? (and that not-too-good orchestra in the Brahms #2 is the Vienna Philharmonic, but I agree that the sound is bad--I used to own that CD when it was properly credited to Ashkenazy/Haitink/Vienna).
Care to comment on the amazing Joyce Hatto
Sure. John O'Conor recorded the sonatas attributed to Hatto, at least for Op 31. My comments on his cycle are posted in another thread. Perhaps not too surprisingly, I find Hatto and O'Conor to be on roughly the same level; I've long been a big fan of O'Conor's cycle, so it's not surprising that I find "Hatto" very good.
My preference of the three sonatas varies slightly between the posts, but that's because 1.) the playing was speeded up on the "Hatto" disc, 2.) the sound was otherwise fiddled with, and 3.) because I was listening to different LvB at the time and had different expectations.
Hatto is the greatest virtuoso pianist in the world, you said. Do you think of O'Connor that way (I haven't heard his Beethoven, but I will listen to some of his cycle soon; my library has a number of the discs), or did the thrill of discovering an unknown actually make "her" LvB sound better? Speaking of unknowns, have you heard Yuri Kim's CD of Sonatas 17 & 32? (available from cduniverse.com and other places)? These are among the finest performances of these pieces I've ever heard.
Hatto is the greatest virtuoso pianist in the world, you said.
It looks like you need to go back and reread the post a little more carefully. That's not what I wrote.
[I don't know if Angela Hewitt plans to record a complete cycle, but I'll post this here anyway.]
I can still be surprised. Generally speaking, I
[I don't know if Mr Freire will record a complete cycle, but I'll post this here just because.]
Why buy only one new LvB sonata disc when you can buy two? When I snapped up the latest Schiff offering, I also picked up the new Decca recording of Nelson Freire playing four sonatas, including the Mondschein, so I could do a direct comparison between the two pianists. The Schiff disc was a disappointment, but surely Freire would do better I thought. He does, sort of, but with caveats.
The disc opens with the Waldstein, and some of my misgivings show up here. The opening Allegro con brio is taken at blazing speed, and Freire plays with immense flexibility, precision, and dynamic gradations. He hits all the marks that Richard Goode misses in a similarly fast take. There
Ronald Brautigam Plays Beethoven
Against expectations, I rather enjoyed the second volume of Ronald Brautigam
I so enjoyed my first two go-rounds with Brautigam and Beethoven that I thought it was about time I tried another. Volume 2, dedicated to Op 2 and Op 49, got the nod. It
I enjoyed Angela Hewitt
Check out the Mehta/Ashkenazy version.My personal favourite.
I agree w/ Todd's assessment that Paul Lewis' Hammerklavier is just tremendous (Uchida has blessed us with her beautifully thorny rendition this past year, too.) But I must say I like Paul Lewis' ongoing cycle much better than Todd. I think it's the one cycle to go for, especially if you don't have one in your library. I saw Paul Lewis live last year, playing the Emperor, & he's both a risk-taker and a thinker: so rare in a young Beethoven interpreter. (Too bad I missed his Opus 111 performance, which blew away almost everyone in attendance, from what I hear.) If you'd like to read my review, click below:
Another cycle that doesn't get mentioned often, but is one of this age's greats is Richard Goode's. It's a cycle that you can happily live with.