Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 6

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

Hyperion Records CDA68131

Piano Sonata in E major Op 14 No 1 [14’01] 1 Allegro [6’40] 2 Allegretto [3’41] 3 Allegro comodo [3’40] Piano Sonata in G minor Op 49 No 1 [8’25] 4 Andante [4’45] 5 Allegro [3’40] Piano Sonata in G major Op 49 No 2 [9’10] 6 Allegro, ma non troppo [5’05] 7 Tempo di Menuetto [4’05] Piano Sonata in G major Op 31 No 1 [25’07] 8 Allegro vivace [6’51] 9 Adagio grazioso [11’02] 10 Allegretto [7’14] Piano Sonata in E flat major ‘Les adieux’ Op 81a [17’48] 11 Das Lebewohl: Adagio – Allegro [7’38] 12 Abwesenheit: Andante espressivo [3’35] 13 Das Wiedersehen: Vivacissimamente [6’35]

Another instalment of Angela Hewitt’s much-lauded Beethoven presents five piano sonatas, culminating with the masterly ‘Les adieux’. As usual, Angela’s booklet notes muse compellingly on the music, performance practice and all things Beethovenian.

‘Angela Hewitt leaves few stones unturned in projecting the linear specificity of Beethoven’s style’ (Gramophone)

‘Angela Hewitt’s latest Beethoven recording comes with her customary intelligence and scrupulous attention to detail’ (BBC Music Magazine)

‘There is much thoughtful and nuanced playing to savour in all five works here’ (The Observer)

‘Hewitt delivers throughout and her detailed and helpful sleeve notes demonstrate her superb attention to the details of every moment of each of these five works, and the formidable intelligence with which she tackles them’ (Classic FM)