Photo: Eric Richmond
Photo: Eric Richmond

Martin Roscoe is in the process of recording the complete Beethoven piano sonatas for the Deux-Elles label, with the initial disc ‘Pathétique’ having been released in Spring 2010 to unanimous critical acclaim and the second disc ‘Waldstein’ released in Spring 2011 to another round of glowing reviews.

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol. 1 – Deux-Elles

‘…The first volume features the ever popular Pathétique, alongside the three Opus 10 sonatas of equivalent placid melancholy, all delivered with Roscoe’s typically scrupulous attention to detail and emotional truth.’ The Independent, 11 June 2010

‘…the kind of spontaneous Beethoven playing we only hear in concert and rarely in a studio … I am looking eagerly forward to the coming volumes…’ Pianist Magazine, August 2010

‘…Coloured perhaps by a personal fondness for Op 10, I think Roscoe’s way with them is nigh-on perfect, lightly pedalled, full of a youthful vitality and impudence … a refined pianist with the wisdom of experience…’ Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone, June 2010

‘…Roscoe is assured in his shaping of the music, and there is a confident and unvarnished dynamism that reveals a pianist at the top of his game … Roscoe brings panache, sensitivity and relish to the task, finding pathos, humour and exuberance…’ Colin Anderson, International Piano, May/June 2010

‘…In the Pathétique’s finale, Roscoe presents an ideal combination of lyrical warmth and agitation, and it’s good, too, to hear the opening chord of the first movement’s slow introduction treated rather more subtly than the straightforward fortissimo offered by so many pianists … Roscoe’s Beethoven cycle promises to be a welcome addition to what is a very crowded field…’ BBC Music Magazine, June 2010

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol. 2 – Deux-Elles

‘Roscoe’s technique fully encompasses the pianistic demands and challenges of these pieces, including the deceptive simplicity of the two Op. 49 Sonatas … his command of pianos and pianissimos is complete, as is his ability to make lightning-quick changes between dynamic levels that Beethoven often requires.’ Stephen Pruslin, International Record Review, 21 July 2011

‘Martin Roscoe gives a fine account of the Waldstein, capturing all the music’s flamboyance, and meticulously conveying Beethoven’s controversial pedal-markings in the concluding rondo. His affectionate performances of the Op. 49 Sonatas leave nothing to be desired, either.’ Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine, August 2011

‘…the pacing, the expressive energy, the understanding of form, the tension, absolutely wonderful. For me, this is the best recording of the Waldstein Sonata since Solomon’s in the 1950s… perfect musical judgement and a formidable technique there from Martin Roscoe…’ Rob Cowan, BBC Radio 3, 25 May 2011