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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas no 3, 8 & 15 / Angela Hewitt

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 15 in D, Op. 28 "Pastorale)
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"There is much to recommend Hewitt's playing in these three piano sonatas, where her clear lines and controlled dynamics give nuances and dimensions to the music, and place the emphasis on refinement over showiness and finesse over force. The delicacy of Hewitt's playing of the Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major is appealing, and the expressive details she finds in the Piano Sonata in D major, "Pastoral," are compelling and quite affecting; the most noticeable subtleties come in the Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, "Pathétique," which Hewitt plays with suppleness, freshness, and clarity, and she almost makes one forget that this is one of Beethoven's most overworked warhorses. Hyperion's sound meets its highest standards, and the piano sounds crisp and clean in this resonant recording." -All Music

'Angela Hewitt is on characteristic top form in three of Beethoven's iconic sonatas Hewitt's intelligent planning gives it [Pathétique] a hardcore makeover. The extremes of dynamic range are deftly realised, and she's fearless at articulating with a brittle touch where necessary' (Classic FM Magazine *****)

'The Pastoral sonata leads off Angela Hewitt's second Beethoven sonata cycle instalment, and she taps into the music's overall geniality while also paying heed to its darker corners I love Hewitt's conversational give and take between the droning left-hand ostinato and the main theme at the Rondo finale's outset In addition to Hyperion's superb sound, Hewitt, as usual, provides her own penetrating, vividly articulate annotations' (Gramophone)

'Throughout, Hewitt maintains her trademark clean tone. Colours are beautifully controlled, forms coherently shaped' (The Sunday Times)

'Hewitt punches out the dramatic opening chords of Beethoven’s Pathétique sonata with stinging vehemence, but otherwise plays the three sonatas here with a light touch. She often lingers deliciously over the Pathétique’s rich dissonances, while the adagio cantabile sings under her featherweight fingers and the rondo surges with spritely abandon at each return of the theme' (The Times)

'Hewitt's fluent pianism There's no shortage of imaginative touches in Hewitt's performances of the Pastoral sonata' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Quietly dazzling In the Scherzo [Pastoral] the B minor trio is also marvellous - fleet, shadowy, all taken in a single breath Next, the Pathétique, which suits Hewitt very well. In the first movement, I particularly like the way in which she projects the Sturm-und-drang quality of the main Allegro di molto e con brio without turning it into the Appassionata [Op 2 no 2] Hewitt sounds completely happy playing it, and she finds just the right balance between its extrovert bravura and its lyricism' (International Record Review)

'Recordings of Beethoven sonatas are hardly rare, but performances of such subtletly and care definitely are What distinguishes Hewitt's playing is precisely her careful use of dynamic, excellent fingering technique and a focus on key Great music, beautifully played: a definite best buy' (Scotland on Sunday *****)

'[Pathètique] An uncluttered, clear-focused, Perahia-like poetic overview whose intellectual acumen is almost Kempf-like in its clarity. By keeping the opening movement on a firm rein, the finale, for once, doesn't emerge as a temporal and expressive anti-climax, but appears to grow quite naturally out of what had gone before [Pastoral] Again Hewitt has her finger on the pulse of this elusive work, easing us into the opening movement with a beguiling warmth that radiates exactly the right degree of genrle reverie Such expressive and structural clarity' (International Piano Magazine)

'Angela Hewitt continues her cycle of Beethoven's sonatas with a suitably sombre reading of the Pathètique Op 13, and wonderfully shaped Pastoral Op 28. The early Op 2 no 3 brims with youthful vigour' (Northern Echo)

'Angela Hewitt is on characteristic top form in three of Beethoven's iconic sonatas ... Hewitt's intelligent planning gives it [Pathétique] a hardcore makeover. The extremes of dynamic range are deftly realised, and she's fearless at articulating with a brittle touch where necessary' (Classic FM Magazine *****)

'The Pastoral sonata leads off Angela Hewitt's second Beethoven sonata cycle instalment, and she taps into the music's overall geniality while also paying heed to its darker corners ... I love Hewitt's conversational give and take between the droning left-hand ostinato and the main theme at the Rondo finale's outset ... In addition to Hyperion's superb sound, Hewitt, as usual, provides her own penetrating, vividly articulate annotations' (Gramophone)

'Throughout, Hewitt maintains her trademark clean tone. Colours are beautifully controlled, forms coherently shaped' (The Sunday Times)

'Hewitt punches out the dramatic opening chords of Beethoven's Pathétique sonata with stinging vehemence, but otherwise plays the three sonatas here with a light touch. She often lingers deliciously over the Pathétique's rich dissonances, while the adagio cantabile sings under her featherweight fingers and the rondo surges with spritely abandon at each return of the theme' (The Times)

'Hewitt's fluent pianism ... There's no shortage of imaginative touches in Hewitt's performances of the Pastoral sonata' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Quietly dazzling ... In the Scherzo [Pastoral] the B minor trio is also marvellous - fleet, shadowy, all taken in a single breath ... Next, the Pathétique, which suits Hewitt very well. In the first movement, I particularly like the way in which she projects the Sturm-und-drang quality of the main Allegro di molto e con brio without turning it into the Appassionata ... [Op 2 No 3] Hewitt sounds completely happy playing it, and she finds just the right balance between its extrovert bravura and its lyricism' (International Record Review)

'Recordings of Beethoven sonatas are hardly rare, but performances of such subtletly and care definitely are ... What distinguishes Hewitt's playing is precisely her careful use of dynamic, excellent fingering technique and a focus on key ... Great music, beautifully played: a definite best buy' (Scotland on Sunday *****)

'[Pathètique] An uncluttered, clear-focused, Perahia-like poetic overview whose intellectual acumen is almost Kempf-like in its clarity. By keeping the opening movement on a firm rein, the finale, for once, doesn't emerge as a temporal and expressive anti-climax, but appears to grow quite naturally out of what had gone before ... [Pastoral] Again Hewitt has her finger on the pulse of this elusive work, easing us into the opening movement with a beguiling warmth that radiates exactly the right degree of gentle reverie ... Such expressive and structural clarity' (International Piano Magazine)

'Angela Hewitt continues her cycle of Beethoven's sonatas with a suitably sombre reading of the Pathètique Op 13, and wonderfully shaped Pastoral Op 28. The early Op 2 no 3 brims with youthful vigour' (Northern Echo)

'Hewitt is also someone to be reckoned with ... these remain important and excellent readings, and I look forward to hearing more form her, in a set definitely worth collecting, if for no other reason than the absolutely best-ever to-die-for piano sound' (Audiophile Audition, USA)

'In this, the second installment in her Beethoven sonata survey, Angela Hewitt goes from strength to strength. Still early in the game, it already shows promise of being one of the very best ... I am finding Hewitt to be the most consistently well played and to have the most interesting things to say about these well-explored works, often in unexpected places and in Beethoven's most unassuming moments' (Fanfare, USA)

'Elsewhere in this issue I complain about Lang Lang's ego-driven showmanship. Angela Hewitt is his polar opposite: every note she plays honors the composer. Though I sense her technique is every bit as comprehensive as Lang Lang's, her self-effacing artistry puts the focus where it truly belongs, on the infinite variety and depth of Beethoven's genius. I'm happy to add that the sound of Hewitt's 1981 Fazioli concert grand registers both the intimacy and grandeur of her interpretations with a deeply satisfying realism. This is, not surprisingly, the second installment of a projected cycle. Currently other gifted pianists are in the process of recording the complete sonatas -- Ronald Brautigam, Paul Lewis and Gerhard Oppitz, to name just three. If you're in the market for a completed cycle, it's always an embarrassment of riches, and there's an interpretive approach to suit any taste. But I suspect that in the end Hewitt's subtle, exacting, and expressive performances will stand comparison with any. Here is Beethoven for all seasons' (EnjoyTheMusic.com, USA)



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 15 in D, Op. 28 "Pastorale)
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Cultural Centre, Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy (12/19/2006-12/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Cultural Centre, Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy (12/19/2006-12/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Cultural Centre, Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy (12/19/2006-12/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1794-1795