Notes and Editorial Reviews
Brittleness and sweetness are the main ingredients, and Dichter mixes them with a confectioner's art. The Moonlight Sonata begins with a ritardando on the first triplet and proceeds by little hillocks of feeling to conjure a scene of a limpid and enervated beauty, limpid and feminine... The Adagio cantabile of the Pathitique is both adagio and cantabile, subtle and refined, an aesthetician's view of the music... Dreamy aestheticism and some agogic freedom suits the opening movement of the late Sonata, Op. 101... I sense in Dichter's playing affection, intelligence, and imagination...
-- Gramophone [5/1980]
reviewing the original LP release
...Dichter's individual profile
emerges more forcefully in Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata. Although his basic tempo for the famous first movement is slightly more brisk than Beethoven's Adagio sostenuto marking suggests, the pianist's delicate phrasing conveys plenty of poetic introspection. Dichter uncovers unconventional yet convincing inner-voice movement in the Allegretto, and concludes with a conservatively paced, meticulously accentuated finale.
-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
reviewing the Moonlight Sonata, reissued as part of Pentatone 5186124
Works on This Recording
Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Misha Dichter (Piano)
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 05/1976/11/1976
Venue: The Netherlands
Length: 21 Minutes 1 Secs.
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