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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Beethoven Symphonies for Piano

Well, it seems as though playing the Beethoven Symphonies on Piano has become popular again. Naxos are lacking just the final disc to complete their survey - No's 7 and 8 to go, and I've just been listening to this performance of the No 9. Not overly impressed, it seems to lack fire, and the piano itself is quite tinny - it needs some serious meat, more bass definitely.

But then again, I have been spoiled. A couple of years ago I became quite addicted to the Cyprien Katsaris re-release of the cycle. That's a much more consistent set, and his Pastoral still warms my heart, one of those special readings.

Be unimpressed by Naxos here.