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Beethoven - The Piano Concertos

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Catalogue numberBIS-2274 SACD
Release date2019-11-01
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time157:13

As one of the finest pianists of his era and an improviser of genius, Ludwig van Beethoven’s preferred vehicle for musical exploration was the piano. His earliest composition, from 1782, was a set of piano variations and he continued to compose for solo piano until the last years of his life. His interest in the concerto form diminished as his deafness forced him to retire from performing. Nonetheless, with his five piano concertos composed between 1788 and 1809, Beethoven not only achieved a brilliant conclusion to the Classical piano concerto, but also established a new model for the Romantic era: a sort of symphony with obbligato piano which remained a reference point well into the beginning of the twentieth. Ronald Brautigam has already recorded these seminal works with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, in acclaimed performances released between 2008 and 2010. Since then he has also released all of Beethoven’s solo piano music on the fortepiano to universal praise. When Brautigam now returns to the concertos, it is in the company of conductor Michael Alexander Willens and Die Kölner Akademie playing on period instruments. The same team has previously partnered him in an 11-disc survey of Mozart’s piano concertos and it is plain to hear that all involved clearly relish the opportunity to congratulate Beethoven on the eve of his 250th anniversary.
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Extra material for download
Disc 1
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15 30:30
01 I. Allegro con brio 13:38 $ 3.30 USD
02 II. Largo 08:27 $ 2.04 USD
03 III. Rondo. Allegro 08:25 $ 2.08 USD
  Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 25:38
04 I. Allegro con brio 13:20 $ 3.22 USD
05 II. Adagio 06:35 $ 1.59 USD
06 III. Rondo. Allegro molto 05:43 $ 1.43 USD
  Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 30:23
07 I. Allegro moderato 17:02 $ 4.11 USD
08 II. Andante con moto 03:37 $ 0.88 USD
09 III. Rondo. Vivace 09:44 $ 2.44 USD
Disc 2
  Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 32:47
01 I. Allegro con brio 15:17 $ 3.69 USD
02 II. Largo 08:36 $ 2.08 USD
03 III. Rondo. Allegro 08:54 $ 2.20 USD
  Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 35:26
04 I. Allegro 18:55 $ 4.56 USD
05 II. Adagio un poco mosso 06:12 $ 1.50 USD
06 III. Rondo. Allegro 10:19 $ 2.60 USD
  Album total 157:13
PianoBrautigam, Ronald
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
OrchestraKölner Akademie, Die
ConductorWillens, Michael Alexander

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