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This disc contains some of the most impressive Beethoven sonata performances in the catalog. Anyone who believes that Moravec's art consists of all touch and no backbone should hear his intensely dramatic opening movement of the Pathétique, or his eruptive accents in the finales of both the Moonlight (a true "Presto agitato") and Farewell sonatas. And God knows there's plenty of room for "touch" in Beethoven: in the Moonlight Sonata's poetic opening movement, the Pathétique's famous central Adagio cantabile, or finale of Sonata No. 27, which is "sehr singbar" indeed. An impressively cogent and exciting account of the C minor variations rounds out a collection that no one who cares about this music can afford to miss. Good quality
remastering preserves the rich palette that Moravec conjures up from the keyboard; though a bit of hiss and a touch of hardness in the treble betray the age of the excellently made original tapes (1963-69).
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