• Re: Gould's Beethoven sonatas

    From gggg gggg@21:1/5 to Richard Sauer on Sat Jan 21 21:05:14 2023
    On Wednesday, October 7, 1998 at 12:00:00 AM UTC-7, Richard Sauer wrote:
    I like Gould's vol I. of the Beethoven sonatas (Odyssey) but in volume 2 I have mixed feelings. Obviously he relishes the op. 31 sonatas, especially the G-major, but the Appassionata(op. 57) is an anti-performance. Gould dislikes the piece and it sounds like a work of sabotage-though interesting. I have not heard the late sonatas. Supposedly the Hammerklavier is good, but I've heard terrible things about his op. 111. I believe he recorded 3 of the late sonatas in the 50's(?) and never returned to them. What's the verdict. R.Sauer


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