When a Bach player turns to Beethoven

When a Bach player turns to Beethoven


norman lebrecht

August 04, 2015

When a Bach pianist turns to Beethoven, you can expect a lighter touch. Angela Hewitt is airily delightful in the earliest of these sonatas – the Op.2 No.2 which Beethoven wrote aged 25 after finishing his course of studies in Vienna. By no means an early work in the normal sense of the term, this sonata is imbued with, if anything, too much knowledge…

angela hewitt


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  • James McCarty says:

    This is a promising trend. Perhaps, if it continues, she eventually will perform music that was written for her instrument.

    • CDH says:

      Try some of her recordings of Chopin, Fauré, Ravel, Debussy, Schumann, etc. And I have attended her playing Liszt, Barber and Copeland, among others.

    • Peter Phillips says:

      That’s a mean, potentially misogynistic comment, isn’t it! So it’s okay for Fischer, Kempff, Perahia, Goode et al to play harpsichord pieces on the piano, but not Angela Hewitt. Is that what you’re saying?

      • Nonsense says:

        Why is that comment misogynistic? Is anyone who criticises a woman guilty of misogyny? Mr McCarty’s comment was harsh, and perhaps unfair, but certainly not what you describe. It is people like you who give feminism a bad name, Mr Phillips.

      • Constantine says:

        Sorry to speak for James McCarty….No, this is not at all what he is saying, Peter Phillips. Thinking back to that much overused Oscar Wilde quote.

    • PDQ.BACH says:

      Perhaps, eventually, Mr. McCarty, you will listen to music that was written for your ears?

  • Rob van der Hilst says:

    Considering the forthcomming Beethovenyear 2020 Miss Hewitt knows how to anticipate properly upon this.
    This Is Smart, at least from a marketing point of view.
    Keep up the good work lady!