Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2006
CD ISBN 0739332694 $14.95 One CDs
DD ISBN 0739332708 $7.49
The subtitle of "Concert With Commentary" by pianist Siegel is perhaps a bit too hopeful, given the length and content of the program. Siegel discusses and performs three piano standards plucked from Beethoven's oeuvre: "Für Elise," "Rage Over a Lost Penny," and the "Moonlight Sonata." Siegel's playing is fun--his renderings are clear, fresh, and soulful--and his commentary is articulate and spiced with a handful of illuminating details about the composer and the works. If you're a Beethoven lover in general or a particular fan of these three pieces, this program is an enjoyable way to pass an hour. But an hour will hold only so much power and passion. M.G. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 06]
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