Re: Op 2-1 -- Lewis vs. Kovacevich
- --- In email@example.com, "Richard Mathisen"
> Welcome to this group! I also want to welcome a number of other new
>specific Beethoven piano sonata to each other, and hopefully offering
> The way this group works is by comparing specific recordings of a
reasons why one specific recording is better or worse than another
recording. The topic under discussion now is Beethoven's first piano
sonata, Op 2 #1.
>the Paul Lewis recording of Op 2-1 to that of Stephen Kovacevich. It is
> Therefore, I am interpreting your note as asking about a comparison of
a fascinating comparison.
>Kovacevich. They are very different. Lewis is relatively slow,
> I just played the Lewis recording of Op 2-1 followed by the
especially in the first movement. Lewis offers a smell-the-roses
interpretation, beautiful tone, lots of detail, great engineering, but
no red blood. I perceive Lewis as slightly distant -- admiring the music
but not emotionally engaged. Kovacevich is faster in every movement,
with much more rhythmic vitality.
>about 100 to the half note. At such a slow tempo, it sounds almost like
> The first movement is especially interesting. Lewis meanders along at
4/4 time rather than Beethoven's alla breve. Kovacevich takes a very
fast clip, at about 136. The alla breve rhythm comes through clearly. In
terms of performance practices in 1795 as well as in regard to my own
reaction as a listener, I think Kovacevich comes much closer to the
>other Beethoven piano sonatas. Lewis tends toward slower tempos and lots
> I think it's fair to generalize these comments to their recordings of
of detail and beauty, Kovacevich tends toward quicker tempos
(occasionally too quick). Both are fine pianists, of course.
>recordings (Lewis and Kovacevich playing Op 2-1) or your comparisons of
> If you are interested in offering your own comparison of these two
them to other recordings of Op 2-1, those comments would be welcome in
> Dick Mathisen
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: johnd012033
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Sent: Saturday, January 10, 2009 12:26 AM
> Subject: [beethovensonatas] COMPARE THESE TWO
> Two of my current favorites are:
> Paul Lewis & Stephen Kovacevich.
> Both are very appealing to me, but
> they are different. How are they
> different? Can someone help me
> identify & define that difference?