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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth waiting for...., 22 Nov 2011
This review is from: Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas (Paul Lewis) 10 CD set (Audio CD)
What a tribute to the sheer genius of the composer that this pianist (Paul Lewis) re-thinks and re-communicates sonatas so familiar that one had thought there was little more to be said. Again and again he finds new melodies within melodies (often in the bass or tenor lines of the music) and new rhythmic patterns that stretch the ear into listening for whole paragraphs and not just sentences. Assisted by excellent recording technique, he is also able to discover sonorities in various sections of the keyboard which testify to the composer's empathy with the new 'pianoforte' -- a testimony to the different 'character' of each sonata that the instruments of Beethoven's own day might not have conveyed so well.
Comparisons? For me, only Kempff's series continues to give equivalent, consistent pleasure (and one has to say that his 1950s recording cannot discover so much in the keyboard sonority as in this later version.)
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