Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.15 in D major, op.28, “Pastoral”

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.15 in D major, op.28, “Pastoral” — comparing recordings with the following artists: Wilhelm Backhaus (1961), Paul Badura-Skoda (1969), Daniel Barenboim (1984), Ronald Brautigam (2005), Emil Gilels (1982), Friedrich Gulda (1967), Artur Schnabel (1935)

Yulianna Avdeeva’s Playing: Observations

(…) concert performance reminded me of observations I made earlier on when watching Yulianna play the piano — particularly, I think, with music of the romantic period. It has to do with what Yulianna does with her arm & her body while playing — but to explain this properly, let me first go back to one of my early “piano heroes”, the late Friedrich Gulda…

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas opp.13 & 27/2 (Diary 2012-12-31)

Beethoven, Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, op.13, “Pathétique” — Backhaus (1958), Barenboim (1984), Badura-Skoda (1969), Schnabel (1935), Fischer (1952), Gulda (1967), Immerseel (1983), fortepiano), Gilels (1980), Brautigam (2003, fortepiano); Piano Sonata No.14 in C♯ minor, op.27/2 — Badura-Skoda (1969), Barenboim (1984), Backhaus (1958), Gulda (1967), Schnabel (1935), Pletnev (1988), Gilels (1980), Immerseel (1983), fortepiano), Brautigam (2003, fortepiano)