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Offline jlopes

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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #4440 on: July 18, 2020, 03:14:48 AM »
Hey Todd, any opinions about the Jonathan Biss recent box set? Or you dislike his playing? https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/8766187--beethoven-the-complete-piano-sonatas



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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #4442 on: July 18, 2020, 04:37:10 AM »
Hey Todd, any opinions about the Jonathan Biss recent box set? Or you dislike his playing? https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/8766187--beethoven-the-complete-piano-sonatas




Biss falls into my third tier, which of course means nothing objectively.  His set is variable.  He's certainly never bad, not even close, but I tend to prefer him in earlier and middle sonatas than late sonatas.  He's direct, unflashy, and unidiosyncratic.  It's a solid set, and for people not prone to buying too many sets, I'd say he offers a fine contemporary cycle.
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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #4443 on: July 18, 2020, 06:01:40 AM »

Biss falls into my third tier, which of course means nothing objectively.  His set is variable.  He's certainly never bad, not even close, but I tend to prefer him in earlier and middle sonatas than late sonatas.  He's direct, unflashy, and unidiosyncratic.  It's a solid set, and for people not prone to buying too many sets, I'd say he offers a fine contemporary cycle.

Thank you very much!

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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #4444 on: July 19, 2020, 08:14:00 AM »
I wanted to ask about the Bilson (+6) set. I see folks listening to it sometimes. How is it?



As can be expected with 7 performers: a mixed bag. Some wonderful performances, several nice, a few dissapointing.
The aim of the set is to showcase Beethoven sonata performances on 9 period instruments  by/after 6 different makers: Anton Walter,  Johann Schantz, Salvatore Lagrasse, Gottlieb Hafner, Johann Fritz and Conrad Graf.
If you're interested in that kind of thing, this is a very nice set.  :)

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2002/Jan02/Beethoven_sonatas_claves.htm

https://www.nytimes.com/1998/06/14/arts/classical-music-fortepiano-gets-a-test-beethoven.html

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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #4445 on: July 19, 2020, 08:29:46 AM »
Regarding complete cycles on fortepiano, this one is worth hearing ...



RE: Jonathan Biss - his set was attractive to me from the beginning. It is nice to have the set completed, and collected in a single box.  His essays (written and on video) were also very good, I hope the booklet is complete in that regard.  This description, "He's direct, unflashy, and unidiosyncratic" is what I liked, that kind of interpretation is what I look for.

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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #4446 on: July 19, 2020, 09:00:51 AM »
Regarding complete cycles on fortepiano, this one is worth hearing ...




The reigning period instrument champ until:

1.) Andrea Lucchesini records a period instrument cycle, or

2.) Penelope Crawford completes a period instrument cycle, or

3.) Andras Schiff records a period instrument cycle, or

4.) Some heretofore unidentified keyboardist records a cycle superior to the notional cycles listed above
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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #4447 on: July 23, 2020, 01:08:03 AM »
I'm holding out hope for Olga Pashchenko (admittedly, not much hope).

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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #4448 on: July 23, 2020, 01:13:54 AM »
I listened to the first movement of Rosel's op 106 and amazingly, enjoyed it.
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