Angela Hewitt’s legion of fans will be delighted at this eagerly awaited third volume of Beethoven sonatas. Her first two releases in this series were praised for their ‘clarity, intelligence and elegance’ … ‘fusing poetry and passion’, and all these trademark qualities of her playing are fully present in this third disc.
Four contrasting sonatas are presented here, including Op 27 No 2 ‘Moonlight’, which needs no introduction.
...the spotlight is on the Moonlight, and Hewitt's performance is totally riveting. Adopting a flowing yet sustained tempo for the opening movement, she creates a beautifully veiled and hypnotic sound...whilst the Presto agitato balances tremendous finger dexterity with passion and urgency. BBC *****