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This review is from: Beethoven - The Complete Sonatas - Richard Goode (Audio CD)
The boxy sound is one drawback in this set - it really is unpleasant, and then there's Goode's constant 'vocalise' in the style of Glenn Gould, which is very off-putting. Then there's Goode's half-hearted interpretation of the early sonatas and his incessant 'banging' of loud chords. Horrible. The best performances here are the wonderful op.90 sonata and the 'Hammerklavier' op.106. The first movement of op.106 is a damp squib but the adagio is quite wonderful, as is his control and thrust in the fugal final movement. I've had this set for years and have never managed to get into it at all.