Hammerklavier Sonatas 2
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Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, 21 September 2004
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- Product Dimensions : 12.7 x 14.61 x 1.27 cm; 100.07 Grams
- Manufacturer : Analekta
- Item Model Number : 3106631
- Original Release Date : 2004
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Label : Analekta
- ASIN : B0002TNI8U
- Number of discs : 1
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Anton Kuertis interpretation of these great piano masterpieces is simply brilliant. Considered by many to be Canadas foremost active concert pianist, recent reviews have called him "one of the truly great pianists of this century," CD Review, and even "the best pianist currently playing," Fanfare. As a chamber musician, he has performed the major repertoire with such artists as Gidon Kremer, Yo-Yo Ma, Janos Starker, Barry Tuckwell, and the Cleveland, Guarneri, and Tokyo String Quartets. Kuerti is one of todays most recorded artists, having put on disc, to great critical acclaim, all the Beethoven concertos and sonatas and Schubert sonatas.
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Where I feel let down by this recording, however, is in the Hammerklavier's 4th movement Finale. The segue into the homage to Bach's fugal figures should be done with a flourish...in expectations of a brilliant display of keyboardship if not showmanship. Kuerti's playing never elevates. I don't want to be earthbound listening to this magnificent music!
In the end, I'll simply have to get the CD re-issue of the Hammerklavier recording I grew up listening to that ALWAYS inspired me: Wilhelm Kempff's on Deutsche Grammaphon.