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Trying to recreate the uncertainties of the past is tricky & we have tools today that are far superior in design and sonic/dynamic/color capability, and genius performers who shone NEW light-on and breathed NEW life-into the music, making it so exciting and vibrant for audiences today.
It is fascinating to hear Paul Komen play on period instruments because the period instruments yield very different-sounding works than the Beethoven with which we're familiar (my favorite example being the Arietta of Op 111 - revelatory) - BUT his performances are aided by the fact that Paul Komen happens to be a truly exceptional performer in his own right.
The range of the fortepiano was expanded during the last years of Beethoven's life, allowing for the extremes we see in a sonata like op. 111. In earlier works (e.g. the op. 10/3 sonata, the first concerto), Beethoven writes melodic lines that plainly demand the F# a semitone above the top note of his piano at the time. If a fortepiano is being used with the expanded range needed for 111, should we or should we not substitute the F# in the earlier cases?
Trying to recreate the uncertainties of the past is tricky & we have tools today that are far superior in design and sonic/dynamic/color capability, and genius performers who shone NEW light-on and breathed NEW life-into the music, making it so exciting and vibrant for audiences today. There is room for both but can you imagine if there was never any evolution and the music was still performed exactly as it was then, today? Ugh. Thank goodness for the variety!
I own Richter, Sokolov, Demidenko, Mustonen, Schnabel and Pollini.I really couldn't pick a clear favourite out of those, they all communicate to me in some way.
Brian, thanks for pointing that out, and I wholeheartedly agree! It would be a great pity indeed, if our fellow members got a different impression just on account of his recording being HIP or being advocated by HIPsters...BTW, everybody interested is welcome to download this sample: Diabelli Variations - thema & var. 1-7 (320 kbps)Q
Thank you for doing this. Unfortunately, the file name is so long that the extension is truncated, and I can't play it. Can you try again?
You should be able to get around this by renaming it to something ending in .mp3
That was my first thought as well, but Windows doesn't like that and claims .mp3 is not the file format being used.
I don't even check if something is HIP or not.
Something is accursed in your system...
Sforzando - won't play for me either, so I don't think it's an mp3 (or ogg). The implication is that it's probably Apple's format (aac or something or other), but as I have no interest in downloading or ever using iTunes, I can't confirm.
Que - very kind of you
Pleasure, would like to hear your (and anyone else's) impressions. Q
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