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    Phew someone finally posted Beveridge Websters Hammerklavier on youtube its only available on a Dover LP, check it out

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFzP0h3p1-I

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    Quote Originally Posted by chesapeake bay View Post
    Phew someone finally posted Beveridge Websters Hammerklavier on youtube its only available on a Dover LP, check it out

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFzP0h3p1-I
    Wow, I don't believe I've ever heard this one. Initial impression of the first movement is that I should definitely sit down and listen to this one in its entirety
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    After Hours writes, "Anyway, the main thing I was really trying to say is that Fischer's, because it builds such momentous intensity, does not necessarily sound slower than those such as Goodyear that are technically closer to the metronome mark. Tempo could be argued to be really made by both speed and conviction/ferocity, especially in these works."

    Good points. Yes, I certainly agree with you about the conviction and intensity of Annie Fischer's Hammerklavier. I remember years ago I listened to every recording of the Hammerklavier in my collection (which is quite a lot), and in the end decided the three pianists that had the deepest insights into the work were Annie Fischer, Sviatoslav Richter--whose adagio is incredibly concentrated on his Stradivarius recording, and Solomon. Although these days I don't know if I really believe in 'definitive' recordings as much as I used to, since other pianists have further added to my understanding of the sonata, & each in a different way.

    But, speaking of arguably 'definitive' recordings--do you know Annie Fischer's Beethoven PC #3 with Fricsay? For me, it has the same kind of intensity and poetry as her Hammerklavier, and is one of the finest recordings I've ever heard of that work--one for my desert island. (I actually bought the whole Fricsay DG set just to own that one recording.)

    Beveridge Webster is another pianist that takes Beethoven's metronome markings to heart. I like his Hammerklavier, & find it very interesting. Although the truth is I still haven't found a pianist that really plays the opening movement in the way I hear it in my mind.

    If anyone's interested, here's a link to the 1984 live Emil Gilel's performance from Moscow that I mentioned earlier. It's another very spirited, imaginative performance, and I think more interesting than Gilel's DG studio account (as he was often better in concert):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjwph_NG89E

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    Quote Originally Posted by chesapeake bay View Post
    Phew someone finally posted Beveridge Websters Hammerklavier on youtube its only available on a Dover LP, check it out

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFzP0h3p1-I
    This is amazing. I've heard other pianists try to play the first mvt somewhere near LvBs metronome markings and produce nothing but a jumbled blur and whir of notes with little or no coherence. What makes this stand out is the clarity that Webster achieves. I really like it. The second movement is also very good though I have heard the Adagio sostenuto played better than this.

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    Valentina Lisitsa gives an impressive reading of the sonatas. I don't know how I missed this, apparently she is nothing short of a YouTube phenomenon:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO8yfBLNVjU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7pFgfIY2PE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeHA6cnAoRs

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