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The Elvis of classical music

By Stephen Everson   February 2004

Kovacevich and Uchida With the classical recording industry in its present doleful condition, it is a pleasure to welcome an issue of genuine significance – Stephen Kovacevich’s now-completed cycle of the Beethoven piano sonatas for EMI. The first recordings were made in 1992, and with things as they are, it can hardly have been assumed that the company would see the series through. There must have been voices who expressed doubt as to whether we needed yet another complete recording of the sonatas, and it is much to the credit of EMI that they were not heeded.

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