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on 27 April 2010
I completely agree with the other reviewer above. I suspect that this recording has been completely drowned out by the numerous other Beethoven piano sonata recordings available. It also probably doesn't help that Eschenbach is no longer well known as a pianist. Nevertheless, these are masterful recordings. My particular favourite is the final sonata, where he takes the second movement at a slower pace than most. But he brings out a real sense of accomplishment in the work and conveys the proper stature of this piece - Beethoven's final farewell to the piano sonata form before he concentrated (mostly) on his final string quartets. The build up to the final trills is perfectly measured and the sounds of the closing bars other-worldly. I prefer other recordings of the Hammerklavier (e.g. Gilels and even Uchida's intense new recording) but the last three sonatas make this bargain priced CD a must-listen.
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on 14 December 2009
A brilliantly played and recorded CD of the last, great Beethoven sonatas. Eschebasch's performances of these masterful, moving works ranks him with the greatest of Beethoven interpreters. What a shame EMI didn't get him to record the entire 32 sonatas at the time he recorded these (the late 1970's). EMI's engineering is excellent. A set to treasure and at Gemini price a fantastic bargain.
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