Notes and Editorial Reviews
"...Some of the strongest performances in Gerhard Oppitz’s near-to-complete Beethoven cycle are included in this instalment. The pianist truly “gets” the little Op 79’s off-the-wall modulations in the first movement development and the finale’s rollicking tunefulness. Les adieux’s outer movements are lighter in texture and more fluidly phrased than in Oppitz’s relatively stiff (albeit sonically superior) 1995 RCA recording. Op 101’s gnarly second-movement march is the very model of poise and point, with its trio section characterised for maximum contrast. One might imagine a little more textural variety in the fugal finale, yet it still yields nothing to the catalogue’s finest versions for power and accuracy. However, Oppitz inflates
the lyric simplicity of Op 90’s finale with an overly languid and protracted interpretative outlook, only to wake up in time for the last bars to register their sunny surprise."
-- Jed Distler, Gramophone
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