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Beethoven: 'Piano Sonatas, Vol 4-Funeral March'

Magazine article Gramophone

Beethoven: 'Piano Sonatas, Vol 4-Funeral March'

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Beethoven

'Piano Sonatas, Vol 4--Funeral March'

Piano Sonatas--No 9. Op 14 No 1; No 10, Op 14 No 2; No 11, Op 22; No 12. Op 26

Martin Roscoe pf

Deux-Elles (F) DXL1164 (72' * DDD)

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Vol 4 in Roscoe's 'Cooper Edition' Beethoven cycle

With the fourth volume of his Beethoven sonatas, Martin Roscoe reaches some of the more unsung works (if that description can ever be applied to Beethoven). That he has thought deeply about this music is evident from the conversation printed in the booklet with producer Mike George. One of the selling points of this set--and goodness, you need one these days in this repertoire--is his use of the new edition of the sonatas by the eminent Beethoven scholar Barry Cooper. But is it enough? That was the question that was worrying away at me throughout the disc's 72 minutes.

To my mind, Opp 22 and 26 work better than Op 14. In the finale of Op 14 No 1, Roscoe is less unbuttoned than Bavouzet, while Lewis makes more of the contrast between the silky and vehement writing. In the opening movement of Op 14 No 2, Roscoe is a world apart from HJ Lim's overly reactive playing but he can sound a touch earnest compared to Goode. …

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