Angela Hewitt appears on two of these albums. On the first, the second instalment of her Beethoven series, recorded in 2006, she plays Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Piano Sonatas No 15 in D, Op 28 (‘Pastoral’) [24:55], No 8 in c minor, Op 13 ('Pathétique') [21:36] and Op 2/3 in C [27:45].
Colin Clarke had mixed reactions to this recording, feeling that Hewitt didn’t project the greatness of these seminal works—review. I liked her performance of the Pastoral, which opens proceedings, and Op 2/3 which concludes matters, but I thought her Pathétique a little underwhelming. Though I should point out that Classic FM magazine made this a Disc of the Month, it isn’t the best of Hewitt’s several recordings of Beethoven for Hyperion: there are four volumes of Piano Sonatas (the others are CDA67518, 67797 and 67974) and two volumes of Cello Sonatas with Daniel Müller-Schott (CDA67633—one of my Hyperion Top 30—and 67755)