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Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56 / Piano Concerto In D Major, Op. 61a
 
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Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56 / Piano Concerto In D Major, Op. 61a

31 July 1998 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 31 July 1998
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 1998 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:19:12
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  • ASIN: B001LZ5T9A
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,352 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Feb 2012
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This 1998 CD from Naxos is another of those "hidden gems" in their vast catalogue. The disc is complimentary to the superb cycle of Beethoven symphonies that Béla Drahos and the Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia recorded for Naxos in the 1990s Beethoven - Symphonies Nos 1 & 6 Beethoven - Symphonies Nos 2 & 5 Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 3 and 8 Beethoven - Symphonies Nos 4 and 7 Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 - all discs that I play more often than those by better-known conductor/orchestra combinations.

There are two Beethoven works on this disc. Firstly, we have the piano version of Beethoven's Piano Concerto in D, Op.61a, a piece commissioned a year after the works violin debut by Muzio Clementi, composer, pianist, and music publisher. The piece, I think, works very well in this form and the soloist, the ubiquitous Jenó Jandó, brings the perfect light touch to the piece.

Jandó is joined by two other stalwarts of the Naxos catalogue, Dong-Suk Kang (violin) and Maria Kliegel (cello), for the recording of what many think to be Beethoven's problem child, the Triple Concerto, Op.56. Actually, this piece for piano trio and orchestra, written in 1804-5, is melodic, lyrical and shows a great deal of skill in it's composition. I think it's a delightful piece, especially in such a sympathetic performance as this.

A beautifully recorded, brilliantly played, CD, this disc is very highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By john colby on 9 Feb 2013
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The only concerto Beethoven ever wrote for more than one solo instrument Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major.
The cello and violin share the melodic material of the movement between them while the piano provides a discreet accompaniment.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
An incredible pianist 7 Dec 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This pianist is apparently the "in-house" keyboardist for the Esterhazy Sinfonia and is pretty much unknown in the states. He has got fantastic fingers. The phrasing in the violin (piano version) concerto is totally precise. A real bargain.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Well-Done Triple and Piano Transcription of Op. 61 7 April 2007
By JohnL - Published on Amazon.com
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"True to form, Naxos have come up trumps with an imaginative and useful coupling." So starts a very good review from Gramophone Magazine, arguably the most respected reviewer of classical CDs. Not only are we presented here with a nice recording of Beethoven's not-heard-nearly-enough Triple Concerto, Op. 56, composed shortly before his masterful Fourth Piano Concerto, but also a fine version of the Violin Concerto, transcribed for piano by Beethoven himself in 1807 at the request of the London pianist, composer, and piano-manufacturer Muzio Clementi. I must admit, it is quite interesting to hear the well-known Op. 61 played instead on the keyboard, nicely performed by Naxos work-horse Jeno Jando, who plays admirably with plenty of panache. His contribution on the Triple Concerto is also good. Of course, the score of the Triple is understandably nowhere near as demanding in the piano part, as it seems it was to be played by the Archduke Rudolph, son of Emperor Leopold II. However, both the violin and cello leads are more taxing. These are performed extremely well by Dong-Suk Kang (violin), and Maria Kliegel (cello), the latter receiving many a fine review for her multiple recordings on Naxos, particularly of the Schumann Cello Concerto, coupled with the Brahms Double (Naxos 8.550938). Gramophone states that "though not a 'great' recording of the Triple, it is never less than good and the sound is unlikely to disappoint." The respected Penguin Guide gave this CD a 3-star review, which they judged as "an outstanding performance and recording in every way". Lastly, BBC Music Magazine awarded this release their Critic's Choice Award in 1998 and a 5-star rating (the highest). In their review it states that the "Triple Concerto is scintillating, the solists brilliant and subtle, as the music dictates". So, three positive reviews from the most respected of sources. Plus, to two more ears, this recording to me is most enjoyable and highly recommended. And at this price, it is a real bargain.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Quite a different experience hearing the violin concerto in D major as a piano concerto! 6 Sep 2009
By Norm De Plume - Published on Amazon.com
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The Beethoven Violin Concerto is my favorite classical piece. I like it so well, that I bought sheet music for the transcription to piano and have been working on larning to play it. It's slow going, thanks for asking, Jeno Jando I'm not...

I sought a recording of a piano version of the concerto to see just how I stack up (uh, not quite so well as it turns out, but again thank you for asking...) and found this CD. This wasn't exactly what I was looking for, which was a piano solo version of the piece, and at first thought I received yet another violin concerto by mistake, since the piano doesn't chime in for several minutes and the first movement opens exactly as the vionin concerto. Still, it was quite an experience hearing the piano concerto for the first time. Having 4 CD's of the violin concerto, my frame of reference is decidedly one sided. The piano concerto was a refreshing surprise. If you've never heard this before (highly likely given that few recordings available), give it a listen.

I have several other recordings featuring Jeno Jando on piano and he's an excellent performer. I highly recommend this CD.

Peter
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Jando - another electrifying performance!!! 9 May 2011
By Kelvin Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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I own more Jeno Jando recordings on the Naxos label than any other recording artist in my collection. I discovered him when trying out some of the Naxos recordings after seeing their recommendations pop in the Penguin Guide to Classical Recordings, and after seeing their consistent awards all over the place. Convinced I would get pretty good for a budget label, I ordered one of the Haydn Piano Sonata volumes. What I got was jaw dropping clarity, top notch engineering, and one of the finest classical pianists out there. Certainly one of the most prolific recording artists in the history of recorded sound. He's also on the faculty of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music.

The first concerto is a piano transcription of the Violin Concerto, same Opus number written for Stephan von Breuning and published in 1808. The piano version was for his new wife, Julia. The second concerto is the only concerto Beethoven ever wrote for more than one instrument. Jando's performance is both as sensitive and powerful, and his interpretation of these works is magnificent. The Esterhazy Sinfonia, made up of members from the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra turns in solid, sweet recordings on both concertos. And Maria Kliegel's cello work on the triple concerto will send chills down your spine. Again - thank the performer and the recording engineer.

I've seen many reviewers dismiss recordings because of the preconception that Naxos is a budget label and therefore marketing lesser quality recordings. Bad assumption. Big mistake. This is one of the finest Beethoven recordings in my collection. Preview the tracks and decide for yourself. Highly recommend. These concertos may not be as famous as his five numbered piano concertos, and listening to these recordings will leave you wondering why.
Great Recording 29 Aug 2013
By Grammy - Published on Amazon.com
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Great recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto adapted by the composer for the piano.
A good edition for your music collection.
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