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Debut - Beethoven, Schumann: Piano Works / Jonathan Biss

Release Date: 05/04/2004 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 85894   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenRobert Schumann
Performer:  Jonathan Biss
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

When Jonathan Biss played the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in his Philadelphia Orchestra debut last spring, a distinctive voice was projected. He played with a concentrated intensity and seriousness of purpose that was beautifully tempered by fresh, sprightly vigor. It was only when the gangly twenty-three-year-old marched onto the stage, and, finally, flashed a big, delighted grin in the face of a genuinely enthusiastic audience, that his sweetly awkward post-adolescent youthfulness became apparent. Once seated at the keyboard, a timeless engagement with Mozart displaced any superfluous distractions.

This recital, from EMI’s Debut series, captures much of the spirit of that live performance. There is a clarity and sense of
Read more momentum that works very well in the Beethoven, which springs to life. There are a few moments in the Schumann where the last degree of mystery and repose eludes Biss, but this is a quibble. I don’t think it is at all insignificant that Biss was a student of Leon Fleisher, whose students frequently reflect his intensely brilliant musicality. Above all, there is a thoughtfulness, even nobility about this playing that makes Biss stand out from the dozens of other fine young pianists who are tossed out into the sea of public music-making every year. Keep an ear open for this one.

Peter Burwasser, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

Fantasia for Piano in G minor, Op. 77 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jonathan Biss (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Davidsbündlertänze for Piano, Op. 6 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jonathan Biss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jonathan Biss (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 

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