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Composer(s):Berg, AlbanSchoenberg, ArnoldWebern, Anton
Artist(s) Hill, Peter, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.553870
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Peter Hill’s account of the Berg Sonata on Naxos has more than just its bargain price to commend it. He is a pianist of proven intelligence and sensitivity and is decently recorded. It comes with the Schoenberg piano music, played with no less expertise and authority.

Review By David J. Fanning,Gramophone,October 1999

"These are scrupulously prepared performances, with all the polyphonic strands clarified and all the myriad articulation marks respected... Time and again, Hill's thoughtfulness and search for expressiveness and beauty of sound justifies his spacious approach... Hill probes [Schoenberg] with subtlety, sympathy and high intelligence.

In the Berg Sonata, Hill's unforced lyricism, inwardness and flexibility of phrasing are again immensely appealing.

Apart from its amazing value for money, Naxos's first-rate recording quality, Peter hill's own lucid booklet-essay, and what sounds like an ideally regulated instrument, all contribute to the outstanding success of the new issue."

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Peter Hill may not challenge Pollini’s magisterial survey of the Schoenberg canon (currently withdrawn) but his is highly intelligent, thoughtful playing, acutely sensitive to dynamic and tonal shading. In some ways he is more persuasive than Pollini in that one feels more completely drawn into his musical world. In any event, given the low price tag and the high quality of the recorded sound, this is self-recommending.

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The Variations, Op. 27 Webern’s only mature piano piece, dates from the mid-1930s and calls for the most eloquent playing if it is to persuade the listener. Webern himself stressed that e music’s structural intricacies must give rise to a ‘profound expressiveness’. They are very impressive in Pollini’s hands and make a well-chosen bonus for his coverage of Schoenberg’s piano music. However, Peter Hill can hold his own against any of the competition.

Review By Edward Dorell,New Straits Times (Malaysia),December 2001

"IT is amazing that no one thought of issuing the complete piano solo works of the Second Viennese School of composers on one CD till Naxos came out with this disc in 1999.

For the total works of Schoenberg, played at the slowest speeds (as here), last just under an hour, and the single works of Berg and Webern together only 20 minutes. A big cheer then for Naxos' enterprise and generosity.

Of the three composers Berg, for his Romantic warmth, has always been the most accessible and popular. Not, however, in his official opus 1, the least attractive piece on this disc.


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