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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Sonata for Piano #5 in C minor, Op. 10 #1
  • Sonata for Piano #6 in F Major, Op. 10 #2
  • Sonata for Piano #7 in D Major, Op. 10 #3
  • Sonata for Piano #8 "Pathétique" in C minor, Op. 13
Andrew Rangell, piano
Bridge 9297 DDD 78:14
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Beethoven's piano sonatas are always works which thrill one to the bone and these interpretations by Andrew Rangell are no exception. The, Op. 10 sonatas reveal the young composer at his most inventive, full of original touches and abounding in luscious creativity in practically every department.

Rangell is definitely a consummate pianist all around and he plays the sonatas with interesting interpretative prowess. When one reads his exhaustively detailed notes which make up the accompanying booklet, the picture becomes slightly clearer and the interpreter's fascination with the works on offer here becomes even more apparent.

I was particularly taken with Rangell's playing in the lovely "Pathétique" sonata especially the final movement which came across as a miracle of unforced motion. The same could be said for the sixth sonata which really comes alive in the central movement, a sprightly Allegretto. Bridge's recording is clear and very much alive and the presentation is also very attractive. A sure fire recommendation is in order here.

Copyright © 2009, Gerald Fenech