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'Sonatenabend': Beethoven Piano Sonata No 32

Magazine article Gramophone

'Sonatenabend': Beethoven Piano Sonata No 32

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Beethoven Piano Sonata No 32, Op 111.

Bagatelles, Op 119. Andante favori, Wo057

Berg Piano Sonata, Op 1

Mozart Piano Sonata No 8, K310

Mikhail Shilyaev pf

Stone Records [F] 5060192 780482 (73' * DDD)

The pianist tells us in his introductory note that he has performed this programme many times in concert, 'built around three composers from Vienna'. Even allowing all three to be echt Wienerisch, the juxtaposition of Op 111 followed by the Berg Sonata followed by K310 is an uncomfortable one for my taste, rounded off rather strangely with a sequence of 11 Beethoven miniatures.

Mikhail Shilyaev (M979, Izhevsk, Russia, now resident in London) is a name new to me and, though the booklet has no biography, his website boasts a string of competition wins, the most recent being the Bronze Medal at the 2010 Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition. I cannot, frankly, hear a strong musical personality here, rather a technically accomplished pianist of taste and sensibility. …

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