Title - 'Beethoven Piano Sonatas Vol.8'
Artist - Jonathan Biss
For those not in the know, much like myself, Jonathan Biss was born in 1980; his professional debut preceded this event by several months, when he performed, prenatally, the Mozart A Major Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall, with the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Lorin Maazel.
Subsequent violin performances have shown greater independence, though they have also been more likely to send listeners running in the opposite direction, wildly searching for Ear, Nose and Throat specialists, and handguns!
Although the highlight of his career as a violinist took place when he was a fetus, Mr. Biss’ childhood was nonetheless saturated with music.
With both of his parents playing the violin, and his older brother Daniel taking up the piano, he remembers music emanating from nearly every room in the house, including bathrooms, which, while modest in their decor, were valued for their acoustical properties.
Growing up in Bloomington, Indiana, Mr. Biss was blessed with excellent teachers and at the age of 17, Mr. Biss went to the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Leon Fleisher, which proved a phenomenal learning experience.
Around the same time, Mr. Biss began concertizing, highlights of which have included post-natal reengagements with Ms. Fried (with Mr. Biss a less reticent partner this time around), Maestro Maazel, and in November 2007, the Cleveland Orchestra.
While Mr. Biss’s life in music provides him with tremendous satisfaction, playing music remains ever a struggle.
On the just-released Beethoven Piano Sonatas Vol.8 Nos 8 (Pathétique), 10, 22 & 31 (Meyer Media LLC), Biss continues his journey of Beethoven Piano Sonatas.
Exploring his infinite perspective and masterful performance of some of Ludwig's most cherished music, the variety within each work is lovingly brought to the fore here by the earnest Biss.
Showcasing an astonishing passion for preciseness within each work, their deeply embedded originality still present and correct, but here Biss' range enables them to, if only for the moment perhaps, become his.