Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields Under Neville Marriner, Ivan Moravec Plays Beethoven

James Jolly

By James Jolly

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Ivan Moravec Plays Beethoven

Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields Under Neville Marriner
Three of Beethoven’s most popular piano sonatas, performed by a Czech great.

The great Czech pianist Ivan Moravec offers a nice programme that includes three of Beethoven's most popular piano sonatas. You'll no doubt be surprised — and delighted — to discover that there is more to the "Moonlight" Sonata than the slow, beautiful opening movement, just as I hope you'll find the "Pathétique" as powerful and intriguing as it should be. And in "Les adieux," Beethoven embraces the metaphysical with a fascinating (and beautiful) study of absence. Each of these sonatas is a little world — of tone, rhythm and colour — and each forms part of a vast sub-section within Beethoven's output that has engaged some of the greatest pianists down the years. Take the "abstract" Op. 90, "Quasi una fantasia" — a fascinating two-movement work that conveys you on a typically Beethoven journey where head and heart are balanced to perfection.