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Piano Concerti 1-5 Import


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  • Audio CD (13 Jun. 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Pgd/L'oiseau-Lyre
  • ASIN: B000004CXO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,072 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Pno Con No.1 in C: I Allegro con brio
2. Pno Con No.1 in C: II Largo
3. Pno Con No.1 in C: III Rondo: Allegro
4. Pno Con No.2 in B flat: I Allegro con brio
5. Pno Con No.2 in B flat: II Adagio
6. Pno Con No.2 in B flat: III Rondo: Molto allegro
Disc: 2
1. Pno Con No.3 in c: I Allegro con brio
2. Pno Con No.3 in c: II Largo
3. Pno Con No.3 in c: III Rondo: Allegro
4. Pno Con No.4 in G: I Allegro moderato
5. Pno Con No.4 in G: II Andante con moto
6. Pno Con No.4 in G: III Rondo: Vivace
Disc: 3
1. Pno Con No.5 in E flat: I Allegro
2. Pno Con No.5 in E flat: II Adagio un poco mosso
3. Pno Con No.5 in E flat: III Rondo: Allegro

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lifthrasir on 24 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this box set just after it came out, based on a review at the time. The use of period instruments attracted me, as did the reported quality of the recording. This is an oustanding collection of Beethoven's five piano concertos. The recording breathes with space and achieves pin point clarity. Lubin's playing is superb. He captures each concerto perfectly on pianos which reflect the time when each was composed. The difference is telling, especially with the grand scale of the 5th and the then recent development of the piano that we know today.
Alas, my copy was stolen a few years later and I was forced to replace it with a Teldec recording of Schiff and Haitnik. Itself a marvel of performance and recording quality. However, there was always something missing and I couldn't figure out what it was. I came across another copy of Lubin's recording and understood immediately that I needed to have it.
There is a sense of scale and history on this recording. An authenticity. A depth. A feeling of effortless perfection all wrapped in a recording of crystal clarity.
If you prefer the sound of a modern concert piano 'hammering' out Beethoven, this isn't the disc for you. If you want to listen to Beethoven like he intended, this is perfection.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A brilliant work of art! 23 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One can only aspire to play Beethoven's great piano concertos with the delicate balance, emotion and musicality that Steven Lubin shows so wonderfully here. This recording is made even more a delight to listen to because Lubin plays the various concertos on the period instruments that they were intended for. As a classical pianist myself, I've listened to countless recordings of Beethoven's concertos, and this is BY FAR my favorite. Other artists may bluster through these concertos, but Lubin has a purity of sound and understated brilliance that can't be beat. Order this one up (there should be new midrange-release soon), and you won't be disappointed. Easily one of my favorite CD's of my entire classical collection (which runs to the 100's), period!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Thought Provoking Beethoven 27 Feb. 2002
By David A. Wend - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
have had this set since it was first issued and have been delighted with it since. The performances are brilliantly recorded and played. Perhaps the most interesting part of these concertos is that Steven Lubin uses a different piano in each, an instrument that Beethoven would have know when he wrote these works. The use of different pianos brings us as close as possible to the sound the composer would have known. In this regard, we learn a lot about the development of the piano.
I recall there was a reviewer who thought Hogwood took the Fifth concerto too fast but I think the performance speaks otherwise. As notes here, the only drawback is that the Fifth concerto sits alone on the third disc. It would have been better had the Choral Fantasy been included or some other work that would that would better fill out the disc. However, the lack of additional music would never change my mind about buying this set. Strongly recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Transparent textures, good balance. 19 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It is refreshing to hear these pieces played on the types of instruments that Beethoven heard. The transparent sound of the fortepiano adds great clarity, and the period winds add wonderful character. The piano is recorded at a good level--not overpowering, not drowned by the orchestra--making these pieces have the intimacy of chamber music. Highly recommended!
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