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Discussion: Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas Vol. 1 - Igor Tchetuev

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Post by zeus February 21, 2007 (1 of 30)
This disc is brilliant.

Post by akiralx February 22, 2007 (2 of 30)
Yep, I agree 100% - any news/idea when the next one will be out?

I'm more interested in this cycle than Brautigam's to be honest, good though that is.

Post by dvda-sacd February 22, 2007 (3 of 30)
zeus said:

This disc is brilliant.

I think it's my favourite 2006 SACD. The Hewitt's recording for Hyperion may be good for a comparison.

Post by ramesh February 22, 2007 (4 of 30)
Unfortunately, he's hampered by an unpronounceable surname. If he called himself 'Igor Hatto' or 'Igor Helfgott' he would pull in the punters. Even Igor Helfgott-Hammerklavier sounds better.

I don't know why 'Gramophone' raved about The Hewitt's Beethoven disc. There are many competent Eastern European pianists who enter the Queen Elisabeth or Tchaikovsky competitions who could probably play the same way. The Hewitt is good, no doubt, but she doesn't bring the same tonal variety to the music that many great Beethoven pianists have in the past. Her timbre sounds more or less the same in Opp 7, 10/3 and 57. Many other great pianists give a bright, gleaming sound to Op7 and a darker tonality to the Appassionata. The relative lack of colour in her tone doesn't hamper baroque music particularly. I first noticed the slight bleaching in her Chopin nocturnes, good as they were.


NB. I suspect that Joyce Hatto's Mozart sonatas as raved about by Gramophone in the January issue may be in part from Ingrid Haebler's Denon cycle. I've posted a note to this effect in the gramophone.co.uk forum under 'instrumental' but it hasn't surfaced. The moderator might've killed the post, as I pointed out that when the G reviewer posted his rave in January, he unfavourably compared it to 'Haebler', without realizing that she had recorded two complete and one incomplete Mozart sonata cycles. Presumably, he hadn't heard the others.

Post by Polly Nomial February 22, 2007 (5 of 30)
ramesh said:

I don't know why 'Gramophone' raved about The Hewitt's Beethoven disc. There are many competent Eastern European pianists who enter the Queen Elisabeth or Tchaikovsky competitions who could probably play the same way. The Hewitt is good, no doubt, but she doesn't bring the same tonal variety to the music that many great Beethoven pianists have in the past. Her timbre sounds more or less the same in Opp 7, 10/3 and 57. Many other great pianists give a bright, gleaming sound to Op7 and a darker tonality to the Appassionata. The relative lack of colour in her tone doesn't hamper baroque music particularly. I first noticed the slight bleaching in her Chopin nocturnes, good as they were.

Yes - I've noticed this element of blandness in performances I've seen her give; I started to nod off during some Beethoven, which is never a good sign! Why does G rave? British artist, British companies (G & Hyperion) mixed with an unhealthy dose of unquestioning patriotism plus probably easier access for G to able to fill the pages of their magazine.

Post by ramesh February 23, 2007 (6 of 30)
Polly Nomial said:

Yes - I've noticed this element of blandness in performances I've seen her give; I started to nod off during some Beethoven, which is never a good sign! Why does G rave? British artist, British companies (G & Hyperion) mixed with an unhealthy dose of unquestioning patriotism plus probably easier access for G to able to fill the pages of their magazine.

Who was the cover artist of the February G : Princess Anne or Joyce Hatto?

Post by akiralx February 23, 2007 (7 of 30)
ramesh said:

I suspect that Joyce Hatto's Mozart sonatas as raved about by Gramophone in the January issue may be in part from Ingrid Haebler's Denon cycle. I've posted a note to this effect in the gramophone.co.uk forum under 'instrumental' but it hasn't surfaced. The moderator might've killed the post, as I pointed out that when the G reviewer posted his rave in January, he unfavourably compared it to 'Haebler', without realizing that she had recorded two complete and one incomplete Mozart sonata cycles. Presumably, he hadn't heard the others.

I see Gary Graffman has gone on record as saying if none of his CDs have been purloined for a Hatto release, he'll be very insulted!

Post by brenda February 23, 2007 (8 of 30)
Polly Nomial said:
Why does G rave? British artist

Polly, she's Canadian. Cheers, B

Post by terence February 23, 2007 (9 of 30)
akiralx said:

I see Gary Graffman has gone on record as saying if none of his CDs have been purloined for a Hatto release, he'll be very insulted!

is there is some kind of hidden scandal going on here?!

what is the source of the stories about other artists' recordings being passed off as joyce hatto's?

Post by Peter February 23, 2007 (10 of 30)
See here:

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/newsMainTemplate.asp?storyID=2759&newssectionID=1

http://www.pristineaudiodirect.com/HattoHoax.html

Plenty of links here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_Hatto

Interesting articles on MusicWeb, especially here:

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2007/Feb07/Hatto_Howell.htm

Interview with Hatto is available here:

http://www.veledan.com/hatto/Joyce_Hatto_interview.mp3

As yet, to my knowledge, nothing available on SACD has been "borrowed", and the source of the Beethoven is unknown.

The Tchetuev recording seems to be "must buy"!

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