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Remy Franck
Pizzicato, September 2020

Boris Giltburg plays the first movement of Beethoven’s Fourth Sonata with enthusiastic verve. At the same time his playing is incredibly light and rich in nuances. No less inspired are the other fast movements of Sonatas nos. 4 to 7. The rhetorically shaped music is bold and cheerful, so that the listener often cannot help but smile. Giltburg injects fresh cells into the works and therefore they sparkle with life. Life does not mean fast or nervous. Life means delicacy, humour and good-naturedness. Nevertheless, besides the humorous accents, the pianist does not miss to expose the dark abysses. The Allegretto of the 6th Sonata is particularly remarkable in this respect. The slow movements, which Giltburg plays without affectation but with all the more sensitive differentiation and intelligence, are very beautiful and gripping. © 2020 Pizzicato

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