Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol. 2

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Label: ATMA
Catalog: ACD22487
Format: CD

Some pianists record Beethoven only late in life - Mitsuko Uchida's illuminating interpretations of the late sonatas, for instance. Some, like Alfred Brendel, return again and again. Italian pianist Christian Leotta is not yet 30, but he's well into his complete Beethoven cycle for Atma. The interpretations are not revelatory but they are solid and compelling. I like Leotta in fast movements best, for his muscular energy, and stern clarity of intent. His adagios I find too slow (and slightly self-indulgent), although the "Hammerklavier's" lengthy adagio is extremely focused, notwithstanding. He does not relax his grip for almost 20 minutes - no small feat.

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