On record: Classical, April 7

04.07.19
Jonathan Biss
The Times

BEETHOVEN
Piano Sonatas Vol 8: Nos 8, 10, 22 and 31
Jonathan Biss
 
The variety of Beethoven’s piano sonatas is as astonishing as their originality. An untrammelled innovator in every genre, he is at his freest here. The eighth disc in Biss’s masterly set ranges widely. The Pathétique and sublime late A flat are familiar, but how often does one hear the enchanting No 10 — or No 22, eclipsed by the Waldstein and Appassionata, but as remarkable in its quirky, improvisatory humour?