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Gramophone Sighs With Pleasure for Beethoven Plus, Volume One

Krysia Osostowicz and Daniel Tong

Gramophone critic Andrew Farach-Colton reviews Krysia Osostowicz and Daniel Tong’s Beethoven Plus, Volume One recording in the September issue of Gramophone Magazine:

“Osostowicz and Tong’s interpretative style – patient, affectionate, warmly conversational, sensitive to harmonic detail – reminds me of Schneiderhan and Kempff’s classic mid-’50s set.…these are thoroughly engaging performances. The whole of Op 12 abounds with freshness and fun. In the volatile A minor Sonata, Op 23, Osostowicz and Tong hold urgency and charm in careful balance. … Somm is releasing Osostowicz and Tong’s cycle in two generously filled two-disc volumes, and each of the six sonatas here is accompanied by a newly composed ‘companion’ piece, hence the title ‘Beethoven Plus’. … The recordings were made live in the new Cedars Hall at Wells Cathedral School; and, while I’m normally not a fan of retaining applause on a recording, it feels right here. I even found myself tickled to share the audience’s audible delight at the magical way Osostowicz and Tong play the end of Op 12 No 2. I think I may have sighed with pleasure myself.”

Andrew Farach-Colton, Gramophone

Read the full review on Gramophone.co.uk