The final movement, with its glorious main theme, is given a superb performance. You’ll be smiling throughout.
From the first bars of the first movement, Moderato cantabile molto espressivo, we get an amazing sense of the piano “singing.”
Cherny Concert & Artist Management Ltd. proudly presents a solo recital with Brooklyn-based virtuoso pianist Beth Levin on Saturday, January 26th at 2:30pm at the Bruno Walter Auditorium of New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
I know this sonata [Beethoven Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110] well and have never heard it more beautifully performed. It was the favorite sonata of my late husband, American composer Ernst Bacon, who played many of the Beethoven sonatas but, although a pianist, never composed a sonata of his own. My guess is that he felt Beethoven had said it all in this genre. In my opinion, there is nothing in music so profound and transcendent as Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas. And your performance of Op. 110 is deeply moving in every detail.
There are still at least a few things in the world that help life to retain some quality of familiarity and civilized beauty. An excellent example is Beth Levin's 2017 performance of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op 37 arranged for piano and string orchestra by Vinzenz Lachner and performed by Die Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhine, conducted by Christoph Schlüren.
First off, this is a really lovely and pleasing orchestral arrangement and performance. The recording quality was SUPERB! I was frankly stunned when I heard pianist, Beth Levin began to play. She has exquisitely clear articulation and I cannot think of anyone who can better make piano sound with such fluidity. Ms Levin is able to freely transition keyboard instrumental sound, ranging at will from percussive to lush sting qualities. I cannot think of any other performer who evokes for me through a spiritual sense of dynamics, the full range of piano as a keyboard or percussive chordophone. I loved this recording and for me, it started the best Monday I have had in a long time. Beethoven lives!
OMG, that is some absolutely glorious playing, Ms. Levin-shaped, felt, heartbreakingly beautiful.I love it in this arrangement, as well. It sets off the intimacy of your playing so perfectly. Is it contemporary?Exquisite all around. Bookmarked for the ages!!!