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2.0 out of 5 stars Timid, tentative, inhibited., 9 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Beethoven: Moonlight - Piano Sonatas Nos. 13, 14, 30 (Audio CD)
As a great admirer of Pires, I looked forward to this disc of Beethoven sonatas but came away hugely disappointed. She sounds like someone doing something wholly uncongenial through a sense of duty: I kept imagining her scooping up some ghastly old relative's unspeakable dirty washing with a huge pair of wooden tongs. Whatever Beethoven is, he's never timid, tentative or inhibited yet those are the adjectives that spring to mind throughout this recital. It's like listening to a performance at a piano competition where the competitor is remarkably assured technically but has absolutely no feeling for or comprehension of the music she's playing. The storming finale of the Moonlight sounds like a little girl having a tantrum: it ends with her stamping her little feet. The effect is not tragic but comic.

The disappointment extends to the packaging: a nasty little cardboard sleeve which is complicated to negotiate. It seems nobody was very committed to the task.
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Beethoven: Moonlight - Piano Sonatas Nos. 13, 14, 30
Beethoven: Moonlight - Piano Sonatas Nos. 13, 14, 30 by Ludwig Van Beethoven (Audio CD - 2001)
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