DEPTH OF CONCENTRATION
Stephen Kovacevich plays
Beethoven, Schumann and Bach,
heard by MIKE WHEELER
Has a greater piece of music ever come out of less promising material than Beethoven's Diabelli Variations? Stephen Kovacevich's long-standing personal association with the work produced a celebrated recording in 1968, near the start of his career, and a re-make a couple of years ago. His Nottingham performance (Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK, 22 March 2011) covered the music's huge expressive range with a depth of concentration that made the fifty-plus minutes seem to pass in a flash...
Copyright © 28 March 2011 Mike Wheeler,