Andreas Haefliger continues his captivating and thought-provoking Perspectives series with the sixth volume, juxtaposing Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Nos. 10 and 30, with seldom-heard miniatures by Berio, and Schumann’s great Fantasy in C.
On ‘Perspectives 6’ Andreas Haefliger juxtaposes the Piano Sonatas of Beethoven with other composers, casting an enlightening glow on the works which one would not detect if played in isolation. Themes of humanity, nature and love run through a programme emphatically to be listened to rather than analysed intellectually. Haefliger opens with Beethoven’s early Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 14, then segues into two of Berio’s seldom heard encores, Erdenklavier and Wasserklavier. He emerges to perform Beethoven’s late Piano Sonata No. 30, Op. 109, followed by two more miniatures by Berio, Luftklavier and Feuerklavier. The album culminates with Schumann’s Fantasy in C major.
“This is an ardent, animated and intelligently detailed performance, full of textual diversity that never spills over into contrivance or eccentricity...An uncluttered, beautifully wrought finale conclues one of Haefliger's most satisfying releases.” Gramophone
“Haefliger likes to organise his recordings as integrated recitals, rather than as a contribution to a complete cyce of Beethoven Sonatas, or something of the kind...He combines a strenuously intellectual approach with a gorgeously velvety touch, the latter reminiscent of Wilhelm Kempff...This is a disc to give balm to the soul.” BBC Music Magazine *****