Started by George, July 21, 2007, 07:27:17 PM
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Quote from: André on July 24, 2022, 12:27:27 PMI've finished listening to the Claude Frank cycle. It's musical, sturdy and sometimes probing, but not really illuminating. One feature I like in this cycle is the way each disc features sonatas from different periods, sort of a single disc recital concept. Frank's approach reminds me of Anton Kuerti's, although the latter is more systematic in his brusque, irascible conception of Beethoven. The sound is okay.Commencing Michael Korstick's cycle. Disc 1 down, with the works presented chronologically this time (the 3 opus 2 sonatas). I find the playing very solid and the sound is much more present. Korstick too adheres to a tensile, volatile view of the music. The slow movement of sonata 2 was a real highlight.
Quote from: Brian on September 25, 2022, 07:11:44 PMI can't directly answer your question but I absolutely love Korstick in the "seven" concertos on a recent CPO release. His left hand is powerful and vigorous and rings clearer than anyone else. But in the concertos at least, his overall intensity is matched by Oliver Schnyder. I don't think Oli has recorded any sonatas yet.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on September 26, 2022, 08:45:28 AMI hadn't heard of the other ones before...just knew about 1-5. Interesting to read about them. How do you like the "new" ones Brian?PD
Quote from: Brian on September 26, 2022, 09:22:03 AMOne of them is the violin concerto in Beethoven's own arrangement, one is a very early sketch ("number zero"), and then one is about 15 minutes of a planned concerto which he began after No. 5, so it would have been 6. He got most of the way through the first movement before abandoning the piece, so Korstick commissioned a completion of that movement. I've listened twice and feel the same way I feel about Schubert's Tenth - very nice and enjoyable, not super memorable melodies, and lower dramatic stakes than the last completed work. Will definitely return to it.
Quote from: Brian on September 26, 2022, 09:22:03 AMI've listened twice and feel the same way I feel about Schubert's Tenth - very nice and enjoyable, not super memorable melodies, and lower dramatic stakes than the last completed work.
Quote from: Todd on September 24, 2022, 12:59:07 PMAfter purchasing Martin Roscoe's cycle, I updated my tracking spreadsheet to come up with an up-to-date set of entirely inane statistics. Attached is a listing of all complete cycles I am aware of grouped into some fun categories. First is country of birth for each pianist, second is whether it is a full cycle (eg, Gilels is not a true complete cycle), third is whether I possess a copy, and finally if the cycle was recorded by a woman. Twenty-one women have recorded twenty-two cycles, figures that surely must go up. I have some ideas of women I'd like to see record the cycle for 2028, starting with Ragna Schirmer and YES.
Quote from: kapsweiss2021 on September 26, 2022, 10:56:36 PMTodd, are you going to review Martin Roscoe's cycle? I am very interested in it. Thanks in advance.
Quote from: George on July 23, 2022, 07:38:27 AMHi Jens, I have been revisiting a few of my Beethoven sets that I had yet to evaluate and compare with some of my other sets and since this is partially due to your post, I wanted to reply here. Agreed again! I think the mono Kempff is a clear and consistent improvement over the stereo set. I think Kempff excels in 18 of the 32 in the mono and only 4 of the 32 in the stereo. And thankfully, the mono DG sound for Kempff is a lot better than the mono Decca sound for Backhaus.
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