THE LATE SONATAS
Andrew Rangell, Piano
These Sonatas - unequalled in their immediacy, their compression and distillation of experience, their depth of individuation - represent a new order of personal expression. Their created worlds constitute, I think, a most prophetic and comprehensive embodiment of the term "quasi-fantasia" - That Beethoven had used a subtitle for his opus 27 sonatas. In a lifetime of endowing the unpredictable, and even the fantastic, with an inner logic truer than the at-hand variety, Beethoven in the last sonatas surely approached his own ideals of formal mastery, of unfettered expression, and of genuine fantasy.
- Andrew Rangell © 1990
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