Beethoven Bagatelles

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Brautigam's series on Beethoven.

33lp, Brautigam has embarked on recording what BIS called "the complete works for Piano by Beethoven". The latest volume you mentioned is the Vol.13 and I trust it is not the last one. Therefore, we may expect to see, sometime later on, the variations on Rule Britannia and God Save the King. The Volume dealing with the "complete" Bagatelles is the no.10. Vol.12 deals with some rare Variations too.

Parla

Time Please Gentlemen

33lp - thanks for the Schnabel. Had a good listen a couple of times today with the music to the op. 126. He's been another 'find' for me here on these pieces. Amazing that the recording is 77 years old. There's some surface (or is it background?!) hiss. But no mistaking a lovely, light and sensitive touch. A little grumble I have is that the tempo of the really exquisite piece no. 5 Quasi Allegretto is taken quite quickly by Schnabel.

To illustrate: http://youtu.be/yVUkzJGkgtU

If you click on this link (it's the same Brendel one as above) you'll find that no. 5 starts at 5.55.

Compare the tempo with: http://youtu.be/5vRFsCAEZ2A

Schabel - no. 5 starts at 12.44. There is quite a difference! I'm struggling to count 123456 in Schnabel's version (6/8 time signature).

Parla the Brautigam I have also listened to. The pianoforte is interesting. His performancees are pretty dramatic, with some imo oddities. For example, no. 2 after a few bars of Allegro has a nice cantabile melody from bars 28 - 42. Brautigam for some reason plays the left-hand 2 part chords here staccato (no such markings in the music) and it sounds odd. The sound of the fortepiano wasn't as jarring as I thought it was going to be.

At the end of the day, we have our different preferences... PS Parla - I'm in total agreement with you when you say, 'They are Beethoven all the way, but in compact form'.

Fraz Jo - disapntd. Bn ringin this grl al week. No ansr...looks lke she changed her mnd. O well...Ldwg...

I find Brautigam a little odd

I find Brautigam a little odd, too, Mark. I know he has established himself as the go-to period Beethoven performer, but I find him just a little erratic and unstable for my tastes. I also don't really like the piano sound.....

Speaking of which, I forget to mention the other pianoforte recording I like and that is one of the last three sonatas by Alexei Lubimov.

Brautigam's oddities...

Mark, as Matthew in earlier posts defended Backhaus own oddities with tempo (as Jane nicely brought them to the fore), I have to say that what matters to me (and I presume to quite a few other people interested in this interpretation of Beethoven's Piano Music) is his style, his quite dramatic (sometimes even forceful) performances in very effective and quite good instruments of the period. Of course, I have my reservations on certain aspects of his tempo choices, a certain lack of refinement of some cantabile lines etc., but I am carried away by his style of interpretation and the sense of dramatic narrative of the Beethovenian musical language.

Linda Nicholson provides also a quite impressive account, on a very good  period instrument too, of the three sets of Bagatelles along with few other intriguing pieces of Beethoven's Piano Music, in a very clean and effective recording by Accent.                                      

Lubimov has not yet recorded the Bagatelles, but, as Jane has very correctly pointed out, his recording, on Zig-Zag, of the last three Piano Sonatas is one of the most remarkable recordings of period instruments Beethoven. Recently, he recorded another very exciting disc, on Alpha, with another three great Beethoven Sonatas (Moonlight, Waldstein and the Storm), performed on a wonderful 1802 Erard instrument. The recording is excellent (in the Alpha great standards). Besides, his Schubert's Impromptus, on Zig-Zag too, is a notoriously good one, on two well-restored period instruments. Finally, there is a brilliant collaboration with Brautigam (!), in a fine CD of BIS, with the Concertos for two and three Pianos by Mozart. A 'must-have" recording of these works on period instruments.

Parla

Mark/partsong

Mark/partsong

Not sure how else to contact you........this is your thread, after all!

Just to say that I didn't mean what I said about the limitations of the people at the other site (knowing more about modern composers than the great masters etc). It was a cheap shot. I was narked at being expelled even though I had never actually posted there.........In any case, I don't think it for one minute and have now removed it.

best wishes

Jane

No worries

Thanks for that. No problem! We all say things sometimes!

Fraz Jo - disapntd. Bn ringin this grl al week. No ansr...looks lke she changed her mnd. O well...Ldwg...

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