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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol IX / John O'Conor


Release Date: 04/26/1994 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 5085028   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  John O'Conor
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

John O'Conor is a pianist of abounding sensitivity, and these recordings bear witness to his beguilingly eloquent style. In the E flat major Sonata, Op. 7, O'Conor's speeds are remarkably close to Jando's, but the overall effect is very different. Jando's excellent version, which is bright and crisp, offers a convincing expression of the music's dramatic content. O'Conor's account, by contrast, has many poetic touches which are made all the more persuasive by the extremely soft edge of the piano sound in the recording itself. This is even more true of the other E flat Sonata in the programme, Op. 27 No. 1. In this work's first movement, for example, Jando contrasts the slower and faster passages quite violently; O'Conor conveys a more fluid Read more transition between sections... [I]n the B flat Sonata Op. 22, internal detail and external form are beautifully expressed... O'Conor's faster tempo in the second movement and contrast of keyboard colour in the third produce an overall result of marvellous subtlety... O'Conor's gentle Beethoven makes a refreshing change from some of the glossier, high-speed performances in the catalogue.

-- Gramophone [8/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, Op. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  John O'Conor (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 28 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 11 in B flat major, Op. 22 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  John O'Conor (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 25 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  John O'Conor (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 15 Minutes 21 Secs. 

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