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I finally got around to listening to Levits Beethoven cycle. Ive gotten as far as the first three sonatas (opus 2 numbers 1, 2 and 3). To my ears they are so well done that they would seem to be beyond any criticism. The playing is straightforward, beautifully gaged. As Henk would say, these performances are very easy to listen to, In the best sense imaginable. Highly recommended.
Thanks for the review. Now ... will I break down and buy it? My library contains sets by Claude Frank, Buchbinder, Gulda, Goodyear as well as "name" sonatas by Rudolph Serkin, Gilels, Lupu, Moravec, Horowitz, Richter and Arrau. Does Mr. Levit bring anything new to the table?
It is on Spotify like all the recent complete Beethoven piano sonatas.
Because of the existence of such streaming services, I hardly buy
music CDs anymore. If I do buy, it is usually an opera recording that
can't be heard otherwise. For example I recently bought the Moffo,
Domingo performance of Montemezzi's L'amore Dei Tre Re. Since Netflix
doesn't offer recent opera or concert DVD/Blu-rays for rental or
streaming anymore, my classical music budget goes for them.