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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos.1-5; Symphony No. 2, Op. 36; Fantasy For Piano, Chorus And Orchestra, Op. 80; Choral Fantasy (two altern. improv. piano introd.); Rondo For Piano And Orchestra WoO6
 
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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos.1-5; Symphony No. 2, Op. 36; Fantasy For Piano, Chorus And Orchestra, Op. 80; Choral Fantasy (two altern. improv. piano introd.); Rondo For Piano And Orchestra WoO6

1 Oct 2007 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct 2007
  • Release Date: 1 Oct 2007
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1999 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 4:30:48
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  • ASIN: B003TXF6KY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,573 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Mar 2002
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Just when you think that nothing new can be done with Beethoven's Piano Concertos, along comes John Eliot Gardiner and proves you wrong. With this recording, the concertos are rediscovered and presented as a new treasure. But take note: if it is mighty piano sounds and a thundering orchestra you are looking for, walk on. In each of the concertos, a piano is used similar to those known and used during the time the concerto was composed. Suddenly one hears the concertos with a very different ear: the piano crisper than usual, yet gentle and delicate; the perfect balance between orchestra and piano achieved. To those accustomed to the modern piano, a sound too weak, perhaps too delicate and too dainty, but for those with the right kind of ear, a most wonderful, exciting experience. Robert Levin provides his own cadenzas and lead-ins, with a style complimenting that of the relevant concerto. He has a fine style, mozartian in the first two concertos, heroic in the Third, personal and emotional in the Forth and majestic in the Fifth. John Eliot Gardiner, known for his energetic tempi, leads the orchestra with a strong hand, tempi being moderate and not out of the ordinary, yet powerful and indeed revolutionary where sound is concerned. The Choral Fantasy is a refreshing addition, the Monteverdi Choir as excellent as ever with their flawless singing. An added bonus is the addition of two improvised piano fantasies preceding the orchestral entry, as an example of what these improvisations sounded like. The BIG extra on the CD, however, is the chamber version of Concerto no. 4 for piano and String Quintet, rediscovered and reconstructed after original sources - and note, this is a Beethoven original. Awesome. If you thought the Fourth Concerto was intimate and personal, then try this one.Read more ›
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Why on earth is this listed under Constanze Backes's name? The complete piano concertos under the name of one of the six vocal soloists in the Choral Fantasy? More: a symphony listed without saying that it is in an arrangement for piano trio!

Don't be misled. These performances, by Robert Levin on various fortepianos contemporary with each work and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique conducted by John Eliot Gardiner, are the aural equivalent of an over-familiar,dark brown painting restored to vivid, colourful life by cleaning. They are vivid, powerful, beautiful, expressive. I shall certainly continue to listen to them in preference to any other recording of these great works. The recording quality is outstanding. But don't play them on the car radio! The dynamic range is huge.
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