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Beethoven -The Complete Sonatas-Vol. 3-Lipkin (NCD60173/3) 3CDS

Beethoven -The Complete Sonatas-Vol. 3-Lipkin (NCD60173/3) 3CDS


 
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This review is from: Beethoven: Complete Sonatas Vol. 3 - Sonatas 23-32 (Audio CD)
SEYMOUR LIPKIN is possibly the only living pianist who expresses the essence of Beethoven. Lipkin's performance of the Waldstein, Op. 53, and Appassionata, Op. 57. is one of the most fiery performances ever recorded. The drive in the first movement of Opp. 53 and 57 and the last movement of Op. 81a, the drama of Op. 101, and the sonority in the first movement of Op. 110 clearly represent one of the most inspired Beethoven performances ever available on a CD. Lipkins's interpretations project the true intensity and power of the Beethoven piano sonatas. Rarely do audiences hear the nuance as well as large gesture in a live or recorded performance. Lipkin not only captures detail, such as in the slow introduction and second movement of Op. 81a, he decisively articulates musical gestures and sustains momentum and drive in the first and last movements of Opp. 53 and 57, the last movement of Op. 81a, and the fugues of Opp. 101 and 110. The result is a continuity of line and a grasp of the large scope. Lipkin's technical mastery of the piano allows him to transcend the instrument and express the essence of Beethoven. His performances will clearly join the recordings of Artur Schnabel and Rudolf Serkin as the most inspired Beethoven interpretations matching and frequently surpassing their definitive archive.

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor ("Appassionata"), Op. 57 -
Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major ("A Thérèse"), Op. 78 -
Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major ("Cuckoo"), Op. 79 -
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major ("Les Adieux"), Op. 81a -
Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90 -
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101 -
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major ("Hammerklavier"), Op. 106 -
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 -
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 -
Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111