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Beethoven: Bagatelles / Stephen Kovacevich

Release Date: 11/23/2001 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 426976   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length:  1 Hours 50 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kovacevich's performances (recorded in 1975) have enjoyed a long catalogue life that is fully justified by their strong sense of progression and arresting vividness.

-- Gramophone [11/1996]


I had never thought of the D major Bagatelle, Op. 33 No. 6, as anything other than an Allegretto, quasi Andante, con una certa espressione parlante (as it is marked in the Peters edition). So Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich's fastish, slightly jaunty approach puzzled me. In the much later B minor/major Bagatelle, Op. 126 No. 4, I also wondered if his drone bass was too insistent in the B major sections to allow the melody to soar with rightful disembodied freedom. These two small
Read more quibbles apart, I have nothing but praise for this reissue-its sense of style, its execution and its sound quality. I particularly like Bishop-Kovacevich's emphasis of the increasing irascibility (and its reverse) of genius as the years passed. His fingers never let him down, and he is equally well upheld by the Philips engineers in a recording that truthfully reproduces his own well-nourished sound-world.

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [3/1985]
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Works on This Recording

Bagatelles (11) for Piano, Op. 119 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Bagatelles (6) for Piano, Op. 126 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Bagatelles (7) for Piano, Op. 33 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Most fun you can have listening to Beethoven March 29, 2013 By C A G. (BRUNSWICK, ME) See All My Reviews "Excellent performance of these little jewels. Crisp and lively--sounds like Kovacevich had fun playing them. It's hard to have a bad day if you listen to these in the morning." Report Abuse
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