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CD Cover A Beethoven Odyssey Volume 5 Classification: Beethoven Odyssey Label: MSR Classics CD Number:MS 1469 Price:£12.54

Comment:James Brawn continues his acclaimed Odyssey through Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas. In Volume 5 he presents four that are usually overlooked as they are early works, and which he sees as being integral to the whole of Beethoven's piano vision.

"He just molds each phrase as skillfully as possible, the fast movements sounding every bit as vital and vigorous as any you've heard; and the slow movements as lyrical, as serene, as thoughtful as any around." John J. Puccio, Classical Candor, December 2017. "In truth, though, all of his performance on this disc convey the irrepressible joy of his music making." Joseph Newsome, Voix des Arts, December 2017. "…this is 100% Beethoven from phrase to phrase, page to page, start to finish, and always at the service of the composer's master plan." Jean-Yves Duperron, Classical Music Sentinel, November 2017. "Brawn's ongoing Beethoven cycle continues to show him to be a thoughtful pianist who does not draw attention to his own technique but to the intricacies of the music - an approach that works particularly well for works of Beethoven's time…" Mark J. Estren, Infodad.Com, February 2018. "The virtues present in the previous releases are all here - stringent channeling of the composer's innermost ideas, wonderful articulation, fine sense of rubato and an absolutely uncluttered technical arsenal that presents Beethoven not as a heroic giant but as an immensely personal communicator." Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audtion, 24 February 2018. "Brawn instills an urgency and vitality that is hard to ignore." Chang Tou Liang, Straitstimes (Singapore), February 2018.

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