Steven Osborne Birmingham Town Hall [...]; Classical Reviews.
I've seldom heard Beethoven's "ed appassionato" direction for the first movement of Op.111 - his final piano sonata - fulfilled as convincingly as it was here. The vehemence of Osborne's attack was acute but it made the switch to the arietta's serene opening startling - which Beethoven surely intended it to be - as was the lively syncopated variation which sounds like jazz stride piano a century ahead of its time. Beethoven thought his Eleven Bagatelles Op. 119 "trifles" but Osborne lavished care on them - each chip from the composer's work-bench was set and framed lovingly. This was Beethoven at his most relaxed, often carefree and humorous as in the second bagatelle's comic high-and-low dialogue with both parts played by the left hand.
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|Publication:||The Birmingham Post (England)|
|Date:||Mar 14, 2013|
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