Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 3 - Korstick
Oehms Classics OC 616
Classical - Instrumental
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 4 Op. 7 "Grande Sonate", Piano Sonata No. 9 Op. 14 No. 1, Piano Sonata No. 10 Op. 14 No. 2, Piano Sonata No. 12 Op. 26 "Funeral March"
Michael Korstick (piano)
Exciting, wonderfully intimate and surprising elucidation” (Die Zeit); “A stroke of luck!” (Süddeutsche Zeitung); “One of the most interesting Beethoven interpreters today” (Welt am Sonntag); “No question: this is one of the most interesting Beethoven cycles to be released in years” (Wirtschaftswoche). The first volume of Michael Korstick’s Beethoven cycle was greeted enthusiastically. Currently, a number of recordings of complete works are vying for fans’ attention. Korstick’s is right at the top, due both to its artistic quality, which has been paid tribute to throughout the media, as well as the added value of its hybrid SACD technology – at an extraordinarily attractive price.
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Review by John Broggio - October 6, 2007
Sadly I have to report that this release is no better than Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 - Korstick. The same overly-close and bright recording plagues this series and turns Korstick's playing of accents into assaults of the ears: this approach would have been phenomenal on a fortepiano rather than a Steinway - here it is just too much.
The tempi are uncontroversial, as is the phrasing and the general conception - it is a shame that he is let down so badly in his choice of instrument and the recording afforded him.
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