Originally Posted by Shaded Dogfood
Even more than that, at points in his late works its as if you are looking past death into whatever comes after./ This is particularly evident in Jacob Lateiner's transcendent performance of piano Sonata #32 Op. 111 (LSC-3016, also available in the Time-Life Beethoven box)
I haven't heard his performance....have to check it out.
Here are my favorite perfomances of the late (or any) sonatas:
Stephen Kovacevich on EMI and Paul Lewis on Harmonia Mundi.
Richard Goode on Nonesuch is also excellent.
|those last string quartets (I favored the Budapest stereo version as it was the first one I heard, but those in the know say that version is not the best).
Even Wagner, that despicable old egotist, was tremendously impressed with the last quartets, even though they were considered almost unlistenable- some sort of delusion born of Beethoven's deafness- until the 20th century. I think they are best listened to late at night.
Laying down in comfy spot in the dark, in the quiet, and putting on a late quartet is a sublime moment.
Empty the mind and let the music take you away to a place where this
world doesn't exist.
There are many fine performances on disk.
Tokyo Quartet on RCA, Emerson on DG, Cleveland on Telarc, all are very good.
Have not heard the Budapest.....