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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Duets (Complete) (A. and S. Hamann)

Composer(s):Beethoven, Ludwig van
Artist(s)
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue GP619-20
Label Grand Piano
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 19.98
 

 


Beethoven’s compositions for piano duet embrace works written for students as well as those designed for aristocratic acquaintances and friends. This release presents two recordings of the complete works: the first (CD 1) on a modern Yamaha piano, and the second (CD 2) on chronologically accurate reproductions of the fortepianos Beethoven was composing on at the time. The modern piano was recorded in a concert hall, whereas the period instrument recording was made in a much more intimate space, showcasing the salon performance settings of the past.


   




Review By Lance Hulme,Early Music America,October 2013

Amy and Sara Hamann play with virtuoso technique, charming musicality, and excellent coordination. Their interpretation wisely diverges on historical and modern instruments, making comparisons illuminating. © 2013 Early Music America



Review By Lance Hulme,Early Music America,October 2013

Amy and Sara Hamann play with virtuoso technique, charming musicality, and excellent coordination. Their interpretation wisely diverges on historical and modern instruments, making comparisons illuminating. © 2013 Early Music America



Review By Stuart Sillitoe,Preston Recorded Music Society,

The performance is, at times, full of bravura brilliance, the Hamann sisters are new to me, as I am sure they will be to most people on this side of the pond, but they seem to have been making musical waves, both as a piano duet and on two pianos in their home country, and you can hear why. They seem at home on either the period or modern instrument, which is no mean feat in itself, but they are then able to bring out every nuance of the great man’s music. Whether in the more contemplative and humorous passages to be found in the two sets of variations (WoO 67 & 74) or in the more marshal music of the 3 Marches Op. 45 their playing is excellent! The highlight for me, on both discs, is their interpretation of the Grosse Fugue in B flat Major Op.134, as here

This is a most rewarding set and one which I have no hesitation in recommending. I hope that the powers that be at HNH make further recordings with the Hamann sisters either for their Grand Piano or their Naxos labels; they certainly have a wide enough repertoire to suite either label. Good notes from that stalwart of Naxos booklets, Keith Anderson, and good recorded sound only serve to heighten ones enjoyment of this fine recording. © 2012 Preston Recorded Music Society

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