CD: Andras Schiff

András Schiff, Ludwig Van Beethoven, The Piano Sonatas, Vol. V (ECM). This leg of Schiff’s journey through the 32 Sonatas finds him in Beethoven’s middle period. Of the four included here, those given names as well as opus numbers are the most famous; “The Tempest,” “The Hunt” and “Waldstein.” The brilliant Austrian plays them with grace, passion and his celebrated touch and dynamic sense. But I find myself going back to the earliest of the set, number 16 in G-Major, for the unexpected treasure Schiff finds in the adagio movement. His complete sonatas project is on the way to ranking with Arthur Schnabel’s and Richard Goode’s.

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