Linda Nicholson

Beethoven: Bagatelles

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This Accent disc of Beethoven's three sets of Bagatelles plus several other short piano works performed and produced by Linda Nicholson is quite nice. One of the nicest things about it is the fortepiano Nicholson plays. Built by Johann Fritz in Beethoven's Vienna circa 1815 and restored by Christopher Clarke, it is a clean, bright instrument with a clear, ringing tone and plenty of depth -- in other words, an instrument ideally suited to Beethoven's contemporary piano music. Nicholson plays to the instrument's character, turning in light, dancing performances showcasing its tone and temper. Nicholson's tempos are generally on the fast side, but her agile phrasing, attractive ornamentation, and supple tempo rubato are still very expressive. Some listeners may find her Andante favori lacking sentiment, but few will be immune to the charms of her sinuous Für Elise. Others may wish her late Bagatelles were more eccentric, but the abrupt tempo transitions in Op. 126/2 are accomplished with the requisite dexterity and wit. Recorded in warm, close sound, this disc will appeal to Beethoven enthusiasts interested in hearing new recordings of his familiar piano music on the fortepiano.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Bagatelles (7) for piano, Op. 33
1
3:41
2
2:49
3
2:08 Amazon
4
3:36 Amazon
5
3:14 Amazon
6
3:36 Amazon
7
2:02 Amazon
Bagatelles (11) for piano, Op. 119
8
2:10 Amazon
9
1:17 Amazon
10
1:29 Amazon
11
1:55 Amazon
12
1:04 Amazon
13
1:38 Amazon
14
0:51 Amazon
15
1:26 Amazon
16
0:37 Amazon
17
0:13 Amazon
18
1:58 Amazon
Bagatelles (6) for piano, Op. 126
19
2:50 Amazon
20
2:47 Amazon
21
2:29 Amazon
22
3:51 Amazon
23
2:25 Amazon
24
3:48 Amazon
25
8:27 Amazon
26
7:07 Amazon
27
1:08 Amazon
28
2:09 Amazon
29
3:21 Amazon
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