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Kirk McElhearn
MusicWeb International, July 2013

It’s got great music…an excellent performer, [Barenboim,] and is a visual record of that performer in his element.

…if you’re a fan of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, and especially of Daniel Barenboim’s performances, you’ll want to own this, as there aren’t many complete sets on film. If you’re not familiar with Barenboim’s recordings of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, I strongly recommend you give these a listen…This is a fine document of one of the best performers of Beethoven on piano. In a field with a lot of competition, I find his recordings to be among my favourites. Maybe you will too. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Robert Cummings
Classical Net, February 2013

…sound reproduction is quite vivid…picture quality is quite fine too…camera work is excellent throughout all thirty-two sonatas.

Barenboim is strong in just about every work here. From the Mozartian 1st Sonata to the ecstatic and complex 32nd, Barenboim captures Beethoven’s expressive soul unerringly…The early sonatas sparkle with youthful vigor, while the middle ones show the composer’s maturation process and development toward greater depth. The later efforts brim with a sense of both profundity and bold discovery while presenting greater technical demands—demands Barenboim easily meets.

Worth noting in relation to Barenboim’s performance demeanor is that he never hums or makes distracting faces or throws his hands about wildly or attempts any other acts of physical showmanship. He simply plays the music—and plays it astonishingly well. The whole production has a regal air about it, a sense you’re experiencing the era of the music…In sum, this production is topnotch in every respect, most importantly in the performances. Strongly recommended! © 2013 Classical Net Read complete review






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