Gould, as always analytical, yet supremely flowing, carves out the tightly-knit contrapuntal structure of the fast movements. The slow movements are finely perceived though free of contemplative sentiment and waft gently through the air, here somewhat drily dabbed at, then again singing and full of round, melodious piano sound. Bar for bar it is noticeable that the young Gould knows exactly what he is doing and with whom he is dealing. Here in the hands of this young maestro Beethoven’s spirit is certainly compelling and intoxicating.
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Recording: June 1956 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, by Fred Plaut in mono
Produktion: Howard H. Scott
SONATA NO. 32 IN A-FLAT MAJOR, Op 110
SONATA NO. 32 IN C MINOR, Op. 111