Aureole etc.




Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line




Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


Some items
to consider


New App by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra for iOS and Android!

Schumann Symphonies Rattle


Complete Brahms
Bargain price

 

REVIEW



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample
 

alternatively
CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Piano Sonata No 30, Op 109 [21:04]
Piano Sonata No 31, Op 110 [19:11]
Piano Sonata No 32, Op 111 [27:57]
Inger Södergren (piano)
rec. 1978, Paris (Opp 110, 111); 1989, l’Espace Icare, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
CALLIOPE CAL 7648 [68:12]

Experience Classicsonline


Inger Södergren’s playing in these three sonatas is as songlike, meditative, and purely poetic as anybody around. Sometimes, in her hands, the music feels fragile, as if it could break apart at a touch, although in the case of the last two sonatas this is because the very early digital recording (1978) makes her piano sound rather frail. That acoustic quality rather marred my first impression, because Emil Gilels took the ultra-romantic approach on DG but with a fuller, more colorful tone. After more exposure I have grown to like Södergren’s performances very much. Her lyrical touch is unfailing, but it never reaches excesses which make the music feel slack (Gilels can). The fugue in Op 110 is appropriately objective and baroque-like with a decent sense of ultimate triumph - dampened by the brisk final chord. The opening movements of all three sonatas have snap but those expansive variation movements in Nos. 30 and 32 are simply luminous. That’s especially true of No. 30 which is taken at a blissfully slow pace (14:33) which, paired with Södergren’s tender phrasing, makes each variation breathe at its own deep, restful beat. The arietta of the final sonata opens with a hushed statement of the theme that’s like hearing a hymn sung from another room; magic. Only that improbable ‘fast’ variation halfway through disappoints.
 
It’s worth pointing out that to work its way into my heart, this CD had to overcome my bemusement with the spectacularly bad liner-note. Op. 110 is misspelled “Opus 10” and described as “the final destruction of the classical sonata form … the most shattering son of the despair of love.” It’s “still a human work, two human”, although this makes more sense than the description of Op. 109 as Beethoven being “madly in love. Flabbergasted and breathless at such happiness”. Maynard Solomon, in Beethoven, contradicts the note: by the later years, “he had limited his sexual activity to a succession of loveless relationships that … did not engage his deeper feelings.” Opus 111 is mistakenly described as having been written “a year later”, though Solomon says in his biography that Beethoven completed the sonata within only a few months of having finished its predecessor. 111 is, the note tells me, “the miracle that illuminates the world. The first movement: the ultimate cry, the most powerful, the most deeply torn from its entrails.” Ouch!
 
Fear not, listener: there are no torn entrails on this disc. Only the glassy sound and the presence of other, more warmly recorded poets (Gilels, Penelope Crawford with my favorite Op 111 variations, Andrea Lucchesini perhaps) keep me from giving this the highest recommendation. Inger Södergren is clearly a Beethoven performer of the greatest lyrical rank and her performances here are as deeply felt and well-realized as anybody’s. You can take the greatest pleasure from this album, with your innards intact.
 
Brian Reinhart 

Masterwork Index: Sonatas 30-32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
.
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Comment
Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips


Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools






Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.