"This is piano recording at its best, and Beethoven playing of the highest caliber."—David Vernier, CD Reviewer
The beautifully accessible music of this, the fourth release in Telarc's cycle of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, as played by Irish pianist John O'Conor, shows the early genius of Beethoven while foreshadowing things to come.
John O'Conor is the first Irish pianist to win an international competition, the Beethoven in Vienna, in 1973, unanimously. Widely acclaimed for his brilliant blend of thoughtful, poetic interpretation and naturally flowing technique, O'Conor has captivated audiences around the world. The press is in agreement: Dublin's Irish Press states, "I have never heard, and never except to hear, Beethoven played with greater force and understanding than by John O'Conor."
Relatively little is known of the three sonatas that mark the beginning of the cycle of the thirty-two Beethoven was to compose in his lifetime. They were composed about 1795, just after his period of study with Haydn in Vienna, from whom he learned a great deal. These sonatas, which would become so important to Beethoven's oeuvre, range in character from dramatic to lyrical to virtuosic.
Recorded in Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts (personally selected for its acoustics by Jack Renner), this release is evidence of Telarc's continuing endeavor to reproduce the most realistic piano sound possible.