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Beethoven at Chetham's

Murray McLachlan Dunelm DRD 0202
Bernard Roberts Dunelm DRD 0246


I have sampled with pleasure and satisfaction recordings from recitals by two of the distinguished teachers at Chethams's School of Music.


Murray McLachlan, Head of Keyboard, is adding to his discography a complete Beethoven sonata cycle.


The little Op 49/2 made a good pairing with Op 54, the first ending with a popular Tempo di menuetto, the latter beginning with another. Sound, unfussy accounts of both.


The doyen Bernard Roberts is still teaching at Chetham's and he frames Schubert's D959 with impeccable accounts of Beethoven's Rondo Op 51/2 and a couple of Bagatelles, affectionately inflected renderings which augur well for the sonata. I will hope to return to this, and to McLachlan's Waldstein and Appasssionata, when time allows...


All well recorded by Dunelm; full details (with sample tracks) will no doubt become available in due course


© Peter Grahame Woolf