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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op. 22, Op. 31/3, Op. 101 / Angela Hewitt, piano

Notes & Reviews:

Angela Hewitt's acclaimed series of Beethoven sonatas has delighted her fans worldwide, and undoubtedly increased their ranks. Volume four features the little-known Piano Sonata No.11, Op.22 (the last of Beethoven's 'early' sonatas), the Piano Sonata No.18, Op.31 No.3 (nicknamed 'The Hunt') and the Piano Sonata No.28, Op.101, the first of the series of Beethoven's 'late' sonatas, when his music became more personal, more intimate, and exploring a new realm of freedom and fantasy.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
There is a great variety of styles from the late-first-period Sonata 11 (B-flat, Op. 22), to the middle-period Sonata 18 (E-flat, Op. 31:3), and finally to the late Sonata 28 (A, Op. 101); these works share an interesting tendency to balance formal experimentation in some parts with clear rhetorical straightforwardness in others. The performance of Sonata 18 is tight and controlled. Sonata 28 is played with a wonderful mix of authority and affection. Lovely, long, well-shaped lines trace the shadowy expression of the first movement, demonstrating a clear understanding of the complex network of ideas. As usual, she writes her own thoughtful and informative notes to accompany this well recorded, nicely-packaged, highly rewarding record.


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