Ronald Brautigam, BEETHOVEN: Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 4 (Sonatas Nos. 12-15)

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Ronald Brautigam is one of Europe's greatest living pianists, so it's no surprise that he would take on some of the finest piano sonatas ever written. Credit BIS, then, for giving Brautigam the platform for this collection of Beethoven's work. This fourth volume includes Beethoven's most famous sonata (The 14th / “Moonlight Sonata”), but each and every work here is of note: the 12th's third movement was played at Beethoven's funeral, while the 15th shows an oft-forgotten softer side to the bombastic composer. Brautigam imbues each with the mixture of passion and technique that only comes with years of living closely with the material. Masterful.