Andreas Haefliger continues his fascinating, thought-provoking, and captivating Perspectives series in which he juxtaposes the Piano Sonatas of Beethoven with works of other composers, casting an enlightening glow on the works which one would not detect if they were played in isolation. On Perspectives 6, 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 great Fantasy in C.
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"...This is a disc to give balm to the soul."
Michael Tanner - BBC Music magazine - August 2014
"... an interestingly put together recital programme in which the Beethoven and Schumann works are interleavedwith the four miniatures named after the elements of the ancient world - earth, air, fire and water ... Tken as a whole, they link together a very satidfying sequence ..." ***
Andrew Clements - The Guardian - 23 May 2014