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Beethoven: The Final Trilogy

Beethoven / Roscoe
Release Date: 01/08/2013 
Label:  Deux-elles   Catalog #: 1163   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Martin Roscoe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BEETHOVEN Piano Sonatas Nos. 24, 30-32 Martin Roscoe (pn) DEUX-ELLES 1163 (74:00)


Is it possible to really like an artist’s interpretations of the Beethoven sonatas without loving them above all others? Charles Timbrell, reviewing Roscoe’s Vol. 1 in Fanfare, thought so, as I did when listening to his Vol. 2. Here is Vol. 3, subtitled “The Final Trilogy” though it also includes the Sonata No. 24, which Roscoe also plays exceedingly well. Granted, not all Read more three of the final sonatas as played here reach the depths plumbed by John O’Conor (my favorite in these sonatas), Michael Korstick, Annie Fischer, or Artur Schnabel (his RCA Victor recordings of Nos. 30 and 32, not the EMI versions), but they are so good that they easily outclass a fairly large number of big-name pianists, including Barenboim, Brendel, and Gulda, who have also attempted the same thing. Roscoe’s tone is clean and crisp but not overly dry; his phrasing is exemplary and manages to include even the trickiest and/or clumsiest passages for the fingers with deceptively easy aplomb; and in the end, one is left with nothing but admiration for every phrase in every sonata.


Perhaps the best way to classify Roscoe’s achievement is by saying that if you were presented his set as a gift, and had no other Beethoven sonata recordings in your collection, you could be continually delighted by him for the rest of your life. But if, by chance, you later tripped across Fischer, Korstick, or O’Conor (I exclude Schnabel for the moment because of the age and dry, brittle sound of his recordings), you would probably want to acquire one of their sets as an alternate. In many ways, Roscoe is a very “centrist” interpreter; he gives Beethoven his full due, omits nothing, is attentive to feeling and mood as well as detail, and so in the end you come away from his performances talking, or at least thinking, about how marvelous he was. You can’t dismiss that as routine or ordinary. Recommended for those who collect good versions of the Beethoven sonatas, no matter how many others you own.


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Martin Roscoe (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/06/2009 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk 
Length: 10 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Martin Roscoe (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/05/2009 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk 
Length: 18 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Martin Roscoe (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/05/2009 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk 
Length: 18 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Martin Roscoe (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/06/2009 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk 
Length: 26 Minutes 24 Secs. 

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