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Mortimer H. Frank
Fanfare, May 2008

In the main, the Peabodys are very much attuned to the spirit of these bold assertive scores that suggest the young lion composer flexing his muscles and asserting himself with a freshness that, for all its individuality, never turns its back on tradition. Outer movements crackle with energy, slow movements are never unduly expansive, and the ensemble, as one would expect, is technically adroit. Refreshing, too is Seth Knopp’s Hamburg Steinway, a less brilliant and brittle instrument than its American counterparts, yet one that, owing to the pianist perhaps, seems a tad closer to the piano of Beethoven’s day. © 2008 Fanfare Read complete review



Donald Rosenberg
Gramophone, March 2008

The performance is bold, flexible and vibrant, assuring Beethoven that the innovations are noted even as the music’s overall impact receives consummate consideration. © 2008 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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