Stephen Kovacevich piano
The American pianist returns to a dramatic, deep repertoire at which he excels with Brahms, and Beethoven in particular.
Stephen Kovacevich © David Thompson
Brahms Ballade op. 10
Klavierstücke op. 116 No. 7, op. 76 Nos 7 and 3
Beethoven Elegiac Song op. 118
Sonata No. 30 op. 109
Chopin Six Mazurkas
Beethoven Sonata No. 31 op. 110
This elegant artist, who is an all too infrequent visitor to Paris, is one of the most respected performers of his generation. He has been a remarkable interpreter of Beethoven for many years, both on the concert stage and in the recording studio (his recordings of the Bagatelles and Variations remain a textbook example of the genre), and he revisits the composer tonight with his final two sonatas which established the credentials of the classic sonata form. This is another showcase for his talent, where serenity combines with clarity. Undoubtedly a masterclass in the art of the piano.