Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol 1: Piano Sonata No. 1; Piano Sonata No. 2; Piano Sonata No. 3; Piano Sonata No. 5; Piano Sonata No. 6; Piano Sonata No. 7; Piano Sonata No. 8; Piano Sonata No. 9; Piano Sonata No. 10; Piano Sonata No. 12; Piano Sonata No. 13;

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COMPOSERS: Beethoven
LABELS: Sony
WORKS: Piano Sonatas Vol 1: Piano Sonata No. 1; Piano Sonata No. 2; Piano Sonata No. 3; Piano Sonata No. 5; Piano Sonata No. 6; Piano Sonata No. 7; Piano Sonata No. 8; Piano Sonata No. 9; Piano Sonata No. 10; Piano Sonata No. 12; Piano Sonata No. 13; Piano Sonat
PERFORMER: Glenn Gould (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: SM3K 52638/52642 ADD (1956-83)
Not at all that widespread image of Gould as a chilly contrapuntalist! His Beethoven sonatas are staggeringly powerful and filled with originality. It’s not to everyone’s taste, but I found the Appassionata much enhanced by his very slow tempo – it has all the contained tension of a volcano preparing to erupt – and the clarity of his voicing is always magnificent. Jessica Duchen

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