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Jonathan Biss - Beethoven Sonatas Vol.1

BBC Music Magazine , instrumental choice
March 2012
5 star performance/4 star sound

'I would like to be around when he gets to the end of his pilgrimage, for this is a marvellously promising beginning by one of the most thoughtful and technically accomplished pianists of the younger generation' Michael Tanner


International Record Review
March 2012

 'What is evident from the outset is that Biss is very much his own man when tackling the 'new Testament' of the repertoire, so leading to interpretive strategies which may change over the time without losing validity as such. What strategies he pursues in future may yet deny the ultimate coherence of the series, which in itself is an incentive for following what is sure to be a distinctive and absorbing cycle' Richard Whitehouse


The Daily Telegraph 28.01.2012
****

Young American pianist Jonathan Biss may have heavyweight credentials - he has a gilded musical pedigree - but hi touch is engagingly light, In this first volume of the complete Beethoven sonatas the textures are wonderfully transparent, and the ornamental lines in the slow movement of the C minor op10/1 have lovely limpid clarity. Biss's formal grasp is equally sure. What hasn't yet registered is Beethoven's sheer immensity, but perhaps that will come.
I.H

Time Out  London 26.01.2012

' this mightily impressive opening release..'

' playing of energy, refinement, truculence and poise. Biss, who has proved his mettle in recital, has something to say and is also very well recorded'
Colin Anderson 

Guardian 23.12.2011
5stars

'There's a wonderfully unforced quality to Biss's playing....the way in which he eases into the opening movement of the A flat Funeral March Sonata op26, or perfectly weights the climaxes in Op81a, Les Adieux, are marks of an outstanding pianist; for those who stay the course, this could be a Beethoven cycle to treasure'
Andrew Clements