2018-05-22 16:14:30 UTC
Signum Classics label that I just finished listening to on Spotify.
The pianist is a 42 year old Welshman. There is a surfeit of riches
with these sets. I always think the last one I've heard is the best
First and twelveth discs are of sonatas 1-3 and 30-32 but the order of
sonatas is mixed up on other discs. Discs are of concerts at Wigmore
Hall. Besides the 32 sonatas there is also the Diabelli's as well as
other variation sets, Op 33 and 126 bagatelles, fantasies but it is
not a complete transversal of Beethoven's piano music.
I don't engage in comparison listening between sets but I'll give some
impressions of what came to mind while listening while doing other
things at the computer.
Emphasis is more on beautiful tone than excitement but there is a big
dynamic range. Fast tempos but never sounds rushed. Nice sense of
flow, legato, humor where it belongs. Obviously, I liked it.