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This volume of Martin Roscoe’s ongoing Beethoven Sonatas cycle includes the first of the ‘Electoral’ Sonatas, WOO47, an utterly delightful Haydnesque offering. Roscoe finds perfect humour in the outer movements. The first movement of the F minor Sonata is fresh, the second graceful and glowing. If some point-making in the voice-leading of the Menuetto detracts, there is fire to the finale. Roscoe’s A major Sonata includes Beethoven’s famously gruff humour, but the overall interpretation seems as yet not fully formed: the profundity of the Largo appassionato is its highpoint. The final C major Sonata is the most successful performance, the outer movements cheeky, the Scherzo properly scampering, and true depth brought to the Adagio. The recording is excellent; but this is a crowded field.

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