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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven of the first rank, 23 Dec 2013
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With so many recordings of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas one might well ask oneself, 'why do I need yet another'? Well, for two reasons; 1) the recordings are 'live' (from the Arsenal de Metz between December 2009 and April 2011) and with 'live' this is exactly what you get - a pianist at the top of his game in front of a gratifyingly attentive audience without the interventions of a producer and with all the attendant tensions, flights of inspiration and frisson. Nothing from the sterility of the recording studio where every wrong note and pianistic indiscretion is consigned to the trash bin can replicate these conditions. Risks aplenty for sure but if the artist is not prepared to risk a wrong note then the right ones have the habit of sounding unconvincing; 'safety last' in Artur Schnabel's immortal words! 2) the pianist is Francoise-frederic Guy whose impressive credentials were established a long while ago with one of the finest 'Hammerklaviers' ever set down. He displays an astonishing accuracy throughout these 32 sonatas coupled with a clear-sighted view of what this music is 'about'- trenchant technique allied to a sophisticated and compelling musicianship. And there is a third reason - where else could you have so much for so little (£22)?! Hesitate not (and, in truth one can never have too many recordings of this repertoire....)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great value and performance, 31 Dec 2013
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Guy is a fine pianist, and his performance of these sonatas cannot be faulted. His technique is formidable, and the performance is Beethoven speaking through Guy, rather than Guy imposing his will on Beethoven. I've many versions of the sonatas, but am very happy to add these to the collection. And at £22 for nine cds, you will not find a better bargain. Buy while stocks last.
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