Death of an admired Beethoven interpreter

Death of an admired Beethoven interpreter


norman lebrecht

November 05, 2013

BBC Radio 3 has reported the death of Bernard Roberts, whose 1980s cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas on Nimbus was a byword for thoughtful interpretation and state-of-art recording. He was 80 years old.


If Beethoven had lived that long, he would have looked like Bernard Roberts.


  • Una says:

    A very fine pianist and also a teacher. Such a loss.

  • Ian says:

    A modest man with great warmth as a teacher. What a performer.

  • Jonathan Grieves-Smith says:

    Wonderful man, wonderful musician. A musician of the utmost integrity. Who could ever forget his performances of Beethoven at Dartington.

  • Paul Daniel says:

    My piano teacher for several years. Every meeting a new insight and new solutions. A sad goodbye to a kind, inspiring man.