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Beethoven: 'Autumn Passion: Beethoven Retrospective-Three Great Sonatas Encore'

Magazine article Gramophone

Beethoven: 'Autumn Passion: Beethoven Retrospective-Three Great Sonatas Encore'

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Beethoven 'Autumn Passion: Beethoven Retrospective Three Great Sonatas Encore' Piano Sonatas--No 8, 'Pathetique', Op 13; No 14, 'Moonlight', Op 27 No 2; No 23, 'Appassionata', Op 57; No 26, 'Les adieux', Op 81a--II; III Roberto McCausland Dieppa pf Scruffy Records [F] 020567658 (68' * DDD)

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More than a few things may strike you as odd even before you hear a note of Roberto McCausland Dieppa's new recording. The title, 'Autumn Passion: Beethoven Retrospective', appears to have nothing to do with the 'three great sonatas' the pianist performs here. Actually, it's three and two-thirds, since he plays the last two movements of the Les adieux Sonata as 'encores' and omits the first, even though it could have fitted easily on the disc.

The pianist's bio inside states that 'Dieppa interprets standard repertoire with unequaled uniqueness in style and with incessant energy'. These claims happen to be true but they're not always to the music's advantage. …

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