Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Vol.3 | Chandos CHAN109253

Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Vol.3

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN109253

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 28th October 2016



Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s fascinating journey through Beethoven’s complete sonatas now comes to an end with this third volume.

The prodigious exploration reaches its culmination in this three-disc set – sold for the price of 2 CDs as were its two predecessors – featuring the most mature and exploratory of Beethoven’s sonatas, including the heroic, two-movement ‘Appassionata’. Bavouzet’s distinguished interpretations reveal not only the technical virtuosity but also the emotional power of these contrasted works. With his characteristically fresh and energetic, yet expressive and profound approach, Bavouzet captures a Beethoven drawing the contours of romantic keyboard textures that would become the staple of the next generation.


Here is the concluding instalment – Volume 3 – of Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s chronological journey through the 32 Beethoven sonatas, a cycle which may have been matched by one or two but has not been surpassed, I would judge, in the last 30 years. Yes, it’s that good. I greatly enjoyed Volume 2 (3/14) and this is an even higher achievement. But then so is the music. ... Bavouzet, in his prime, has two rare gifts as a Beethoven interpreter. He makes you feel that each sonata is not only all of a piece but that its structure and not just its surface has an audible power. Second, he conveys that what is experienced is indissolubly linked to its execution, both for the composer and for the pianist; the one illuminates the other.  Stephen Plaistow
Gramophone December 2016
The qualities that were so impressive in [Bavouzet’s] polished performances of the early sonatas – warm tone, clean keyboard textures, smartly sprung rhythms and, above all, the pervading sense of freshness and enthusiasm – also emerge regularly in these works. Without being too insistently barnstorming, his account of the Appassionata, Op 57, has an irresistible athleticism, while the finales of both Les Adieux, Op 81a, and the A major Sonata Op 101 really do project the energy that courses through the music, without trying too hard to make musical points.  Andrew Clements
The Guardian 23 November 2016
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