For all the discipline he brings to the Classical style it is hard to miss Nelson Goerner lurking in the background (Alpha-Classics).
Nelson Goerner comes to his first disc of Beethoven from highly praised recordings of Chopin and Rachmaninov. For all the discipline he brings to the Classical style it is hard to miss the virtuoso pianist lurking in the background.
This is wonderful, and not the first time I have been very impressed by Nelson Goerner's pianism. For example, see my review of his Chopin Preludes in the last issue. I wrote, "Goerner is a pianist whose virtuosity can excite you without making you feel that he is superimposing his ego on the music." I feel the same way about this release, which was recorded in May 2015 in Berlin's Teldex Studio.
Nelson Goerner combina la lucidez intelectual y la facilidad técnica para expresar un discurso coherente a lo largo de sus cuatro movimientos.
"Nelson Goerner goes inside the music with a sensual introspection that stands up to the buffeting that much of Beethoven's writing demands. It is a fascinating and deeply felt journey, rich in excited detail...."
“Une virtuosité sans faille, de l'intelligence, et aussi le sens des couleurs, de la construction et de la transparence contrapuntique. Goerner a tout cela. C'est un pianiste moderne, armé pour toutes les difficultés.”
"Nelson Goerner plays both, the Opus 106 and the Opus 126 with great clarity and freshness. Beyond the analytical approach, his sense of poetry is combined with a flawless technical address and an impeccable taste."
"Nelson Goerner brings an intellectual quality to [Hammerklavier] making an extraordinarily good case for this. In the Scherzo he has the combination of a light touch and muscular tension..... Goerner really does pay attention to everything,. Extremely faithful to Beethoven's text. Nelson Goerner makes the perfect case for them" [Bagatelles]
"Poetry and intellect"
What a pleasure to report the near-simultaneous release of two magnificent new Hammerklaviers by a pair of internationally recognised artists, Nelson Goerner and Steven Osborne. Both are now in their mid-40s, with careers in full blossom. Their previous distinguished discographies notwithstanding, these discs seem to signal peak periods of their musical and pianistic powers.
5*/5* - “Ideally played"