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Beethoven - Piano Sonatas, Vol 4 (Paul Lewis) Winner of the Gramophone Award for Record of the Year 2008 Box set

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  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (28 April 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B0012Y1I4K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,378 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Disc: 1

  1. Sonatas, Pastoral And Les Adieux - Paul Lewis

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Winner of Gramophone Recording of the Year 2008.

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This fourth and final volume of Paul Lewis's journey through the Beethoven sonatas confirms the British pianist's place in the forefront of virtuosi of his generation. In 'Les Adieux' and the 'Pastorale', just two of the 10 sonatas here, he shows the blend of formidable technique and high musical intelligence that have become his hallmark. Every note suggests how long and hard Lewis has thought about these works before committing them to disc; this distinctive set deserves to take its place among the finest of recent years. --Anthony Holden, The Observer, 27 April 2008

With most of the major pianists currently releasing recordings of the composer s Piano Sonatas, it s good to have Paul Lewis, our own top young Beethovenian, joining the fray. This triple-CD set mixes a number of the early sonatas with the last three great works. Lewis harnesses a flawless technique to formidable intellectual control, with illuminating and often magnificent results. --Michael Church, Independent, 19-25 July 2008

Paul Lewis ends his Beethoven sonata cycle for Harmonia Mundi with another wide-ranging collection; like its predecessors, it contains some outstanding performances and some that do not quite reach the same exalted standard. The major disappointments here come in two of the best known sonatas. Op 81a, Les Adieux, seems far less crisp and precise than one would expect, while, after a suitably pellucid opening, the E major Op 109 becomes unexpectedly feisty and never quite regains its poise. To set against that are a beautifully paced and unfolded account of Op 28 in D, the so-called Pastorale, and impressively thoughtful performances of the two most challenging works here: the A flat Op 110 and C minor Op 111. In Op 110, Lewis creates a glowing soundworld out of which every element seems to take shape perfectly naturally, while in Op 111, he plays down the drama of the first movement to integrate it more completely with the transcendental variations that follow. The transition from one to the other is perfectly managed so that they become a seamless whole, and a perfect finale to the entire enterprise. --Andrew Clements, The Guardian


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