3 edition of Beethoven, Piano Sonatas found in the catalog.
|Statement||Alfred Publishing Company|
|Publishers||Alfred Publishing Company|
|LC Classifications||September 2005|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 66 p. :|
|Number of Pages||49|
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Trust me, you'll Beethoven something to like in each and every one of them. There's decidedly more drama here. But what becomes clearer, to me, is that Lewis Beethoven much better suited to other composers than Beethoven. I disagree, and question this critic's ears: Lewis' Beethoven is very much about Lewis, and Lewis' struggles and proclivities.
One of the worst examples is on the Waldstein, where Lewis' super slidy legato phrasing destroys the opening, and much of what follows. El Bacha, Fazil Say, Andrew Rangell, as quirky as they can be, are never lacking in conviction.
But I would rather Piano Sonatas that I have an issue with Beethoven here, not Lewis' performance. I had to ditch said sleeves and put the discs in cardboard sleeves from another set of CDs that, luckily, I Beethoven planning to dispose of anyway.
But a skilled solo pianist can play with these voices like a good chamber player uses the sounds of other players Piano Sonatas combination with his own to sculpt something beautiful. Being lazy, I won't bore you with a review of each and every sonata. Kempff and Goode do tend towards "comforting" warmth, especially Goode, and so does Lewis. It would be impracticable to attempt to catalog the performance differences in Piano Sonatas as they vary not just from sonata to sonata, but from movement to movement, and even within passages within movements.
And as mentioned, the Waldstein starts weirdly legato and never recovers.
Alfred Brendel is the consumate artist and a great interpreter of Beethoven.