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 smallRead 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.
Most fun you can have listening to BeethovenMarch 29, 2013By 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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