Beethoven - Piano Sonatas, 32 Variations in C minor, Bagatelles op.126 | Supraphon SU42522

Beethoven - Piano Sonatas, 32 Variations in C minor, Bagatelles op.126


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Label: Supraphon

Cat No: SU42522

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 22nd June 2018



Launching his Mozart debut recorded with the Czech Philharmonic and Jiří Bělohlávek (Supraphon 2017), Jan Bartoš drew to himself a lot of critical attention on an international scale. Those who reviewed the album especially appreciated his rare ability to combine thorough understanding both of the musical architecture and the deep emotionality of the works (a quality possessed also by the pianist’s tutors Ivan Moravec and Alfred Brendel). From the early “Haydn-like” Sonata No.3 in C major to the highly dramatic “Appassionata” to the transcendent last Sonata No.32 in C minor, which gives an impression of the composer parting with this world, the pianist facilitates to us the amazing integrity and colourfulness of Beethoven’s piano work. During the thirty years separating his first and last piano opus, the composer tried out numberless experiments, and yet some crucial themes come up again and again; the imprint of his unique musical DNA is discernible from his very first opuses. In the hands of Jan Bartoš, Beethoven whispers, sings and thunders. We encounter a world full of contrasts, an image whose colours remain impressed in our memory for a long time.

This is not “another Beethoven”. This is a fascinating journey through the world full of colours, reliefs and emotions.

Recorded in Prague at the Martinů Hall, Academy of Performing Arts, 3–4 June 2017


Everything in this recording is outstanding... The Arietta of Op. 111 is here gorgeous beyond words: its serene beauty burns brightly, then folds itself in towards an ecstatic, trill-garlanded conclusion.  Michael Church
BBC Music Magazine October 2018
These two new Beethoven discs show Bartoš to be a serious craftsman and a thoughtful, if highly circumspect musician.  Patrick Rucker
Gramophone Awards 2018

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