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Beethoven : Piano Sonatas op57 Appassionata, opp7, 54, 79

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 10 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B00004Z34G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #277,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Pno Son No.23 in f, Op.57 'Appassionata': I. Allegro Assai - Piu Allegro
2. Pno Son No.23 in f, Op.57 'Appassionata': II. Andante Con Moto
3. Pno Son No.23 in f, Op.57 'Appassionata': III. Allegro Ma Non Troppo - Presto
4. Pno Son No.22 in F, Op.54: I. In Tempe D'un Menuetto
5. Pno Son No.22 in F, Op.54: II. Allegretto - Piu Allegro
6. Pno Son No.25 in G, Op.79: I. Presto Alla Tedesca
7. Pno Son No.25 in G, Op.79: II. Andante
8. Pno Son No.25 in G, Op.79: III. Vivace
9. Pno Son No.4 in E flat, Op.7: I. Allegro Molto E Con Brio
10. Pno Son No.4 in E flat, Op.7: II. Largo, Con Gran Espressione
11. Pno Son No.4 in E flat, Op.7: III. Allegro
12. Pno Son No.4 in E flat, Op.7: IV. Rondo (Poco Allegretto E Grazioso)

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Pianist Stephen Kovacevich's cracking new Beethoven disc includes four sonatas written between 1797 and 1809, opening with the "Appassionata" (op.57 in F minor). This has real emotional power. Turn the volume up but make sure the neighbours are out. The Steinway seems to recoil at the force with which Kovacevich pounds out the chordal triplets with his alternating fists as Beethoven makes known the anguish of his deafness. But what mood swings he suffered! The ear loves the submissive serenity of Kovacevich's velvet andante. His rendition of the short Sonata No.25 in G op.79 is light-fingered, gay and carefree. It is hard to believe the composer had contemplated suicide the year before. The last movement melody really spins. Kovacevich plays Sonata No.22 in F op.54 blisteringly fast, stabbing the off-beat accents with self-assured exuberance. No one would have thought serious depression lay ahead. The last piece is the lengthy Sonata No.4 in E flat op.7, very much an angry-young-man masterpiece under Kovacevich's keen fingers. Look out for the fortissimo volley of chords 80 bars in. (I last heard this at the Wigmore Hall on a period instrument which collapsed under the strain live on the radio!) --Rick Jones

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By A Customer on Feb. 12 2001
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My friend presented me with this CD as a gift. Kovacevich is well known as a Beethovan interpreter, already shown in the early Phillips days and confirmed now in his EMI series, showing that his control and above all understanding of these work is at the top of any short-list. All in all, those wanting a modern version of these 2 sonatas need look no further.
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By A Customer on April 8 2001
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I am a HUGE fan of Kovacevich, but have to admit that I was disappointed by this CD - esp. the "Appassionata". I really expected him to "let loose" on this most ferocious of sonatas, but instead we get a measured performance that lacks both the dramatic intensity of Gillels, Richter and Horowitz and the rhythmic elan of Kempff.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x992b10b4) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x9929d6c0) out of 5 stars Good but not great Oct. 29 2002
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Kovacevich is clearly high up there among the best contemporary interpreters of Beethoven, but this disc is a bit disappointing in comparison with some of his other recent work (esp. for instance the disc with ##21/24/31). Whereas Kovacevich's Waldstein (#21) was overwhelming, the Appassionata here doesn't have nearly the same effect.
Gilels is high up on my list of Appasionatas and also has a very convincing #4; Kempff is I think more effective in ##22 and 25.
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HASH(0x9927269c) out of 5 stars Disappointed April 8 2001
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I am a HUGE fan of Kovacevich, but have to admit that I was disappointed by this CD - esp. the "Appassionata". I really expected him to "let loose" on this most ferocious of sonatas, but instead we get a measured performance that lacks both the dramatic intensity of Gillels, Richter and Horowitz and the rhythmic elan of Kempff.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9928be70) out of 5 stars a safe recommendation Feb. 12 2001
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My friend presented me with this CD as a gift. Kovacevich is well known as a Beethovan interpreter, already shown in the early Phillips days and confirmed now in his EMI series, showing that his control and above all understanding of these work is at the top of any short-list. All in all, those wanting a modern version of these 2 sonatas need look no further.



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