Beethoven - ‘Pathetique’, ‘Moonlight’ & ‘Appassionata’ Sonatas | Accentus ACC30409

Beethoven - ‘Pathetique’, ‘Moonlight’ & ‘Appassionata’ Sonatas


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Label: Accentus

Cat No: ACC30409

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 27th January 2017



After his first CD featuring Beethoven’s piano sonatas No.21(‘Waldstein’) and No.29 (‘Hammerklavier’), Sunwook Kim’s third solo CD with Accentus Music presents an impressive interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s three most well-known piano sonatas: ‘Pathétique’ (No.8), ‘Moonlight Sonata’ (No.14), and ‘Appassionata’ (No.23).

Sunwook Kim, who won the first prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006, has matured to become a subtle and accomplished Beethoven specialist – not least thanks to his partnership with the Beethoven House in Bonn, whose unique collection he regularly consults in his preparation of Beethoven’s works. Sunwook Kim stays close to the original score, yet nevertheless provides a very personal interpretation, which reveals a new and exceptional reading that stands out from the abundance of existing recordings of these three piano sonatas.


Kim is blessed with technical command, intelligence and communicative flair in equal measure and at a very high level. The first of these is hard to miss: the treacherous outer movements of the Appassionata are crystal-clear, even under the greatest dramatic strain, and the finale of the Moonlight goes at the fullest of Presto agitatos, without the slightest suspicion of gabble. ... Recording quality is splendid, incidentally, Berlin’s Jesus-Christus-Kirche, as captured here, offering the optimum in clarity, warmth and impact.  David Fanning
Gramophone May 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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