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Beethoven: The Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (C Major: 708904) [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free]

Rudolf Buchbinder , Wiener Philharmoniker    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rudolf Buchbinder, Wiener Philharmoniker
  • Format: Classical, Colour, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Korean, Chinese
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: C Major
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 186 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0060VI4F6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,205 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After decades of work on Beethovens original scores, the Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder offers a definitive interpretation of all Beethovens piano concertos in this series of live recordings of his ecstatically acclaimed performances in the Musikverein Vienna from May 2011. Buchbinder conducts the Vienna Philharmonic from the keyboard and achieves a rare degree of tension and chamber-like concentration. Rudolf Buchbinder is firmly established as one of the most important pianists on the international scene, he is a regular guest of renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, London Philharmonic, National Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also has over 100 recordings to his credit.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This series of recordings was made in the Golden Hall in Vienna with the VPO in 2011 and were clearly much enjoyed by the audience. As Buchbinder is a frequent performer in Austria and in Vienna, it is likely that he would be a very familiar figure to Viennese concert goers. They would therefore probably have chosen to attend the concert in the expectation of enjoying a performance of a pianist with whom they would be artistically familiar. Their enthusiasm is therefore easily understood and is largely justified.

The predominant impression gained when experiencing this set of performances by Buchbinder is that of affection. This is apparent in every note or phrase that is played, by his interaction with members of the orchestra and also in his whole stage manner which is immensely genial and likeable.

What about the musical detail? Buchbinder has made an incredibly thorough study of these concertos as he explains in the fascinating bonus documentary. This has led him to collect considerable numbers of editions of all of these works including the first editions in Beethoven's own hand. In doing this he has found numerous discrepancies between editions, even in first editions following on from Beethoven's original manuscripts.

Essentially these editorial discrepancies have frequently deleted many of Beethoven's instructions concerning phrasing, tempi changes and dynamics. Those instructions amount to subtleties of expression which imply more freedom than that allowed by a strict classical approach. Buchbinder maintains that by restoring these instructions, the player has to be more expressive than is often the case and is therefore nearer to Beethoven's original intentions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delighful performances 16 Jan 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this very much and it is an alternative to the Barenboim set. I felt the camera work was better and musically they are both very good. My one reservation was the proximity of the audience, I found the mouths of the front row mixed in with the soloist's fingering rather distracting. The discussion at the end was most interesting.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful disc 29 Jan 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Great interpretation. Beautiful sound and beautiful image for this exceptional Blu-ray. I also have the Blu-ray of the five Beethoven concertos with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin, but I prefer it with Rudolph Buchbinder. A pianist and conductor even more refined. Bonuses are exciting.
Received in France by Amazon UK very quickly and at an attractive price. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven in Excelsis 10 Mar 2014
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I value my copy of this DVD as one of the most enjoyable in my growing collection. The atmosphere is magical.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Confidence performance by Buchbinder 30 April 2013
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Mr. Buchbinder plays at the piano, conducts the orchestra, brimming with confidence ... and with smiles. Beethoven might have done the same, performing while conducting, over two hundred years ago ... but, I would venture a guess, that Beethoven did with more seriousness on his face.

Both video and audio are enjoyable to view and listen. The lighting is sufficient. Blu-ray recording gives more pleasure to the eyes viewing the performers at full concentration, and Buchbinder's impressive finger works. He makes my finger twitch (in a good way, of course).
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