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Beethoven: Late Sonatas / Goodyear

Beethoven / Goodyear
Release Date: 10/05/2010 
Label:  Marquis   Catalog #: 81507   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stewart Goodyear
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Canadian pianist and composer Stewart Goodyear has been amassing quite a bit of attention lately, and deservedly so, judging from these vital, communicative, and intelligently stylish late-Beethoven performances. Swift tempos, forward sweep, linear clarity, imaginative yet never mannered inflections, and genuine joy in executing the composer's volatile dynamic markings all characterize Goodyear's interpretations.

Op. 101's March movement and Allegro finale sound newly minted and utterly vital via Goodyear's polished fingers, while the "Hammerklavier" outer movements pretty much adhere to the composer's optimistic metronome markings. Even the slightly distant and drab engineering cannot mask Goodyear's ability to
Read more convey subtle levels of tone color and varied articulations with little help from the sustain pedal. At 15 minutes, you would assume that Goodyear is about to charge through the Adagio sostenuto, yet there's not a trace of militancy; the phrases really sing and breathe.

The last three sonatas' final movements each benefit from Goodyear's seamless tempo relationships and long lined sustaining power. Other notable details include Op. 110's uncommonly distinct rapid left-hand figurations, and the manner in which Goodyear's finely honed dynamic shadings generate welcome note-to-note tension in the dotted rhythms of the Op. 111 first-movement introduction. In addition, a genuine and sincere spirit informs Goodyear's poetic booklet notes. An outstanding release, highly recommended.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stewart Goodyear (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Glenn Gould Studio, CBC, Toronto 
Length: 19 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stewart Goodyear (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Glenn Gould Studio, CBC, Toronto 
Length: 26 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stewart Goodyear (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Glenn Gould Studio, CBC, Toronto 
Length: 18 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stewart Goodyear (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Glenn Gould Studio, CBC, Toronto 
Length: 8 Minutes 32 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stewart Goodyear (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Glenn Gould Studio, CBC, Toronto 
Length: 25 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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