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Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos (Paul Lewis) Box set

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  • Performer: Paul Lewis
  • Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Jiri Belohlavek
  • Composer: Beethoven
  • Audio CD (12 July 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Classique
  • ASIN: B003H2E3D8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
2. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat Major, Op. 19
Disc: 2
1. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
2. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
Disc: 3
1. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major, Op. 73, 'Emperor'

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A magnificent performance...Here is high-quality music-making, subtle but authoritative, made to last. --Geoff Brown, The Times, July 2010

Lewis s command of the intellectual and expressive dimensions of Beethoven has already been manifest in his 10-CD cycle of the solo sonatas (HMX 2901902.11), to which this three-disc set of the concertos is an invaluable companion...This is a superb set in which Lewis asserts his own inspiring voice together with his mature insight into Beethoven s creative mind. --Geoffrey Norris, Daily Telegraph, July 2010

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Dr.Stuart on 3 Sep 2010
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I have many sets of the Beethoven piano concertos. Each of them has something different to offer, through from Schnabel, Fischer, Solomon,Barenboim, Pollini and others. It is difficult to comment on this set without being accused of hyperbole.There is a joy and profundity in these performances which I find deeply moving. In a sense they are very strong and masculine but that would be to belie the utmost delicacy and feeling with with which Paul Lewis imbues the tender moments. My favourite, number four, has a powerful opening and a sublime slow movement.The 'Emperor' is another joyous and triumphant performance. I only received these yesterday and have listened to them several times already. A brilliant set to be treasured.
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98 of 105 people found the following review helpful By drdanfee VINE VOICE on 20 July 2010
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Concerto 1 opens with a lean and lively touch, with special phrasing and lilt in the contrasting woodwinds parts. Since the opening is long-ish, this helps sets the stage for good things to come? Sure enough, when the piano finally enters, Paul Lewis is keeping up just fine. He takes a lighter way with phrasing, though articulation is dry and essentially Beethoven-ian in its speed and wit. By the second extended band passages, we are getting early Beethoven punch in the sforzandos, usually with the piano offering up fast-improvisatory runs and just so explorations of the harmonic framework. The whole first movement walks a fine, deft musical path in balance, appealing with song and shape in a sophisticated Mozart-ean way while still yet bringing out a sense of the composer thinking up things to do at the keyboard, all on the immediate fly. The slow middle movement is hypnotically, deeply beautiful, tinged with remarkable wit and playfulness to enhance, not disrupt, the magical Beethoven spell. Our concluding first concerto movement is exactly the happy romp it was written to be. Clearly more Beethoven in its frisky energies and fresh good humor, than anything else it could possibly be played to be.

The second concerto also gets a very successful reading. Lewis and company manage it without calling undue attention to its precedent sibling, also-ran possibilities. Nobody needs to downplay the backwards-seeming glances involved in this firstly written piano concerto - they are what they are. Instead, our performers bring out the music's witty piquant songfulforce and flavor, sounding more indebted in symphonic scope than not -to, say, the late London symphonies by Haydn?
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Hilary on 26 Aug 2010
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To listen to the Beethoven piano concertos is always an uplifting experience. When performed by a consummate musician such as Paul Lewis the experience reaches great heights. His articulation and innate sense of rythm draw one in but, to me, it is the humanity of the music that he succeeds in portraying that makes these recordings so exceptional and not just in the 'famous' slow movement of the fifth. There are wonderful surprises in the lesser known movements, particularly for me in the first concerto where Beethoven puts his unique forward-looking 'stamp' on classical form. From the orchestral point of view I hesitate to make comparisons with my recordings of Alfred Brendel with Simon Rattle's Berlin players who have the edge over the BBC Symphony in terms of power and pure virtuosity but this does not lessen the impact Paul Lewis's playing makes on this listener. Having said that, it is rare to listen to great piano playing without all the time being aware of the virtuosity these works unquestionably demand. The music is allowed to shine through!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geoffers on 20 Sep 2010
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It's all been said by previous reviewers, but this CD set of the 5 Beethoven concertos is sheer pleasure to listen to, - and subsequent listenings just get better as you appreciate more of the nuances of the interpretation.

All 5 are praiseworthy, but if forced to choose, top of my list are no.s 1 and 4. The 3rd movement of no. 1 is the most joyful, dazzling good natured duel between pianist and orchestra you will hear. The inspirational playing on both sides continually raising the stakes right up to the triumphant finish. (Definitely a Dead Heat!)

The originality of the writing of no. 4 is extraordinary for its time (or for any time), and the clarity of the pianist and conductor's vision (and the wonderful orchestral playing)give the whole concerto a satisfying overall form. The opening of the 2nd movement, especially, with the angry strings slowly calmed by the dazzling beauty of the piano part is miraculously conceived and played right up to the piano's perfectly placed last three magical suspended notes. Then, for contrast, we have the joyous fun (with almost laugh-out-loud moments of wit) in the piano/orchestra dialogue as it moves towards an exhilarating finish. As a deeply satisfying piece of music and music-making, it can't be topped - and it continues to work its magic every time.

And that last phrase sums up the set of CDs. The deeply thought out interpretations mean that however many times you listen, the pleasure just grows. Wonderful pianist, wonderful conductor, wonderful orchestra, and a superbly engineered recording too. Don't miss out on this gem.
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