Top 10 recent Beethoven recordings (2017 update)

Gramophone Thu 2nd November 2017

Ten of the best Beethoven recordings recently reviewed in the pages of Gramophone

The following list of 10 recordings represent the most highly-regarded new Beethoven releases. All of the recordings were selected as Editor's Choice or Recording of the Month in GramophoneRead the original Gramophone reviews by following the links.

No 1

Beethoven Piano Sonata No 7, etc 

Elisabeth Brauss pf 

Oehms 

A really note-worthy debut this. Young German pianist Elisabeth Brauss’s first disc demonstrates impressive assurance, freshness, intelligence and, most of all, talent. A pianist to watch. 

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No 2

Beethoven Violin Sonatas 

James Ehnes vn Andrew Armstrong pf 

Onyx

James Ehnes, one of today’s most thoughtful and consistently superb solo violinists, and pianist Andrew Armstrong on equally brilliant form, offer their first disc of Beethoven violin sonatas.

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No 3

Beethoven Piano Sonatas 

Sunwook Kim pf 

Accentus

The familiar is rendered striking in these performances of some of the best-known works in the solo piano repertoire; a disc that confirms Sunwook Kim as a very fine artist indeed. 

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No 4

Beethoven ‘Complete String Quartets, Vol 3’ 

Elias Quartet 

Wigmore Hall Live 

A crowded catalogue certainly, but on the evidence of both this and the first volume’s Editor’s Choice accolade, the young Elias Quartet are building an impressive Beethoven cycle. 

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No 5

Beethoven ‘The Solo Concertos’ 

Vienna Chamber Orchestra / Stefan Vladar pf 

(Capriccio) 

A complete set of Beethoven concertos – given the catalogue – is always a bold offering, but Vladar excels here, with performances full of colour and charm.

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No 6

Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Vol 3 

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet pf 

(Chandos) 

This is a really remarkable achievement. Bavouzet’s playing seems to balance personality and precision, warm individuality with service to the score. A very fine Beethoven sonata series reaches its end.

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No 7

Beethoven. Mozart Quintets for Piano and Winds 

Die Freitagsakademie 

(Winter & Winter) 

There’s a real focus on detail and a wonderful sense of character and personality in these period-instrument performances of two delightful works. 

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No 8

Beethoven Piano Sonata No 29, ‘Hammerklavier’ 

Nelson Goerner pf 

(Alpha) 

Goerner takes us on a real journey of discovery, revelation, delicacy and joy.

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No 9

Beethoven Missa solemnis 

Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt 

(Sony Classical) 

This posthumous release is a moving and important final legacy left by Nikolaus Harnoncourt – a remarkable recording of the Missa solemnis from an extraordinary man.

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No 10

Beethoven Bagatelles Chopin Preludes

Cristian Budu pf 

Claves 

In both the Chopin Preludes and the Beethoven Op 33 Bagatelles, Cristian Budu – a winner of the Clara Haskil competition – proves himself a master of the miniature in an impressive debut disc.

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