Notes & Reviews:
American pianist Jonathan Biss is widely regarded for his artistry and deeply felt interpretations, and has won international recognition for his concerto, recital, and chamber music performances and for his award-winning recordings. Here, he presents the second volume of his Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle, which features sonatas 4, 14 and 24 as well as the Fantasy Op. 77. Volume one was praised by critics internationally, making this release a highly anticipated follow-up in "what is sure to be a distinctive and absorbing cycle" by International Record Review
Biss's Beethoven is classically, even patricianly poised, and the sound is crystalline and transparent.
Sunday Times, 20th January 2013
Biss makes clear his admiration for [Beethoven's youthful compositions].
BBC Music Magazine, April 2013
One impressive Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle seems to follow another these days with great regularity, and Jonathan Biss's seems destined to rank highly among them...So infectious is Biss's love for these works, so enviable his technique, that however many versions of them you have, you need to add this one.
Gramophone Magazine, April 2013
The first movement grabs your attention by virtue of the pianist's lean sonority, linear clarity and headlong yet controlled brio...Compared to the polished yet glib G major Fantasy that opened his 2005 EMI debut, Biss's remake digs deeper into detail...In sum, Biss's Beethoven has appreciably evolved and hopefully will continue to do so over the course of future volumes.
MusicWeb International, 30th April 2013
Biss has built a well-deserved reputation as a Beethoven pianist of stature ... Here is modern Beethoven pianism of high quality, in terms of musicianship, technical command and genuine grasp of Beethoven's early and middle-period output. Very nicely recorded, too, with warm and satisfying sound.
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