However, my concern revolves around the relaxing qualities of the sonatas, and even with the rapid succession of notes that end each composition, calmness envelopes, even with the most rapid passages. We shouldn’t expect another Moonlight Sonata, but expect haunting nocturnal beauty nonetheless. Perianes plays with hush tones and channels Beethoven’s melancholic moods. While I enjoy hearing German musicians perform Beethoven’s work, hearing a Spanish pianist feels lighter. The dynamics between loud and soft still exist, but so does a lyrical interpretation.
My favorite piece is the third movement, Allegretto of “The Tempest” sonata, which I first heard Glenn Gould perform on the soundtrack for Thirty-Two Short Films about Glenn Gould. You will hear perpetual motion on this piece and dynamics that leap off the piano’s keys. Although I would never accuse Beethoven of over exuberance, here the composer comes off as a jolly giant. Overall, the recording relaxing me while also keeping alert so I can complete my work. In fact, I’m listening to the recording as I type this review. I highly recommend Javier Perianes’ recording, (and not just this recording).