Pathetique (DXL 1161)



Martin Roscoe is a versatile musician who flourishes in performance, whether as a concerto soloist, recitalist or chamber musician. He is an artist who endeavours always to serve the composer and the music. His enduring popularity and solid reputation are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship which is allied to an easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike.

Roscoe is now recording the complete Beethoven piano sonatas for the Deux-Elles label and this first collection includes Beethoven’s popular Pathetique sonata, on which he comments “a work of peculiar intensity and dynamic energy which can still blow away its listeners with its power and freshness….The Pathétique remains a huge thrill to perform: I’d even say I find it much more exciting now than when I first learnt it some thirty-five years ago!”

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Pathetique (DXL 1161) Digital Booklet

Track List:

Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10,
No. 1
1) Allegro molto e con brio
2) Adagio molto
3) Finale: Prestissimo

Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10,
No. 2
4) Allegro
5) Allegretto
6) Presto

Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10,
No. 3
7) Presto
8) Largo e mesto
9) Menuetto. Allegro
10) Rondo. Allegro

Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 “Pathétique”
11) Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio
12) Adagio Cantabile
13) Rondo (allegro)

Volume 1 of the first complete recording of Barry Cooper’s new edition of Beethoven Sonatas by one of Britain’s most prolific recitalists, Martin Roscoe.

“These are thoroughly musical performances, with particularly fine accounts of the slow movements… a welcome addition.”
BBC Music Magazine July 2010

“Coloured perhaps by a personal fondness for Op. 10, I think Roscoe’s way with them is nigh-on perfect….I urge you to especially hear his handling of the C minor Sonata’s ‘Adagio’ a heartbreaking cry of regret that only a refined pianist with the wisdom of experience could bring off quite as well as this.”
Gramophone June 2010

“leading British pianist makes Beethoven speak with tremendous clarity…[on] this eloquent recording. “
Nottingham Evening Post

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