Thursday, September 17, 2009

Reissued at last

I've been wanting to buy Brendel's digital cycle of the Beethoven sonatas ever since it was completed but the price always put me off. At the time, it was nearly $200 and there were a lot of other disc purchases happening then. But now, at long last, it comes out next month at budget price.

In a Gramophone review from December, 1996, Rob Cowan says of Op. 109:
"Since it is the critic's job to pontificate what does one do when a performance is so satisfying that after it even a single well-honed sentence seems an irrelevance? Retire, possibly, and devote oneself to a more useful and benign trade such as growing vegetables." A critic who knows his place.

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