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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas / Goldsmith

Notes & Reviews:

"Reissued for the first time on CD, his solo Beethoven recordings from the late-'70s and early-'80s reveal that he could put his money where his mouth was, and then some.

His gaunt, precipitous sweep through the Waldstein's first movement stands up to equally galvanizing readings by Solomon and Bruce Hungerford, without missing the smallest detail. Unlike many so-called Beethoven specialists, Goldsmith observes the Adagio molto's eighth-note rests to the letter, and he takes the Rondo's controversial long pedal markings on faith. The coda goes like the wind, but never spins out of control--and what effortless, ethereal glissando octaves!

Among Goldsmith's fresh insights vis-à-vis the A-flat Op. 110 sonata are unusually clear left-hand passagework in the first movement, a brisker, more vehement Allegro Molto than usual, plus carefully considered tempo relationships that generate uncommon continuity and cumulative impact in the final movement's alternating arioso and fugue sections. The Tempest sonata also shines by virtue of Goldsmith's astutely varied articulation, although we might wish for harder-hitting accents and beefier fortes in the outer movements." -Classics Today



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