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5 Piano Concertos, The, Choral Fantasy (Previn, Rpo, Ax) Box set

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  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (10 Nov. 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Red Seal
  • ASIN: B0000CNTLV
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 522,634 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 3 CD Box Set ***Tracklisting TBC***

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Technical and Artistic on 16 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Two stars for sound, four stars for performance.

I borrowed this set from the Public Library to audition before buying and I am glad I did. On my fairly high end hi fi with good headphones it comes out very toppy even with full bass on and treble backed off. The sound is thin but the performances are good and it is well packaged with a nice little booklet. I am a little disappointed because in the days of Vinyl RCA Red Seal often produced great sound. As an amateur musician and hi fi enthusiast I want both top performance and sound so I shall go for one of the more expensive sets or even the Zimmerman/Bernstein/VPO DVD set.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
excellent beethoven cycle 15 April 2005
By Claudia Danette Carey - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Emanuel Ax really understands the poetic heart of this music. He highlights the dark melancholy of beethoven's music without ever becoming sacharine or sentimental. However, those looking for a barn burnig version of these concertos would do well to look elseware: Ax's performance is understated, with a focus on nuance, precision, color and dynamic shading. He never resorts to vulgar clanging in the forte passages. While not lacking in passion, his performance simly lets the music speak for itself.

One minor quible: the Choral Fantasy sounds like it was recorded in a TB ward, and the overall sound of this piece is notably inferior to the rest of the cycle. This is understandable, because the Fantasy was recorded live and at a different venue than the other recordings.

For an excellent Choral Fantasy, check out Helene Grimaud's "Credo" on DG.

Buy this set for the concertos.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Nice Surprise! 11 April 2004
By JBP - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I bought this box set of Beethovens piano concertos on a whim about one month ago and what a nice surprise that turned out to be. The CD containing concertos 3 and 4 has been (by far) the most frequently played disc in our household ever since. Ax, with his sublime technique, really shines in these two and Previn is in perfect sync with him. I also have to commend the producers: The sound, balance etc. is excellent and puts a lot of more recent recordings to shame.
A Stunning Collection... 16 April 2010
By M. Odurih - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This marvelous collection of Ax playing Beethoven's piano concertos and fantasia is exactly the type of performance that propels Ax's reputation as probably the leading living piano virtuoso. His rapport with the orchestras is amazing...a stunning blend of dynamics and tempo. These are clear, compelling recordings. Quite a bargain!
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Lost Opportunity.... 10 Aug. 2009
By R. D. Chattin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
With masters like Andre Previn, Zubin Mehta and the New York and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras; Emanuel Ax performing, the cover alone sold me this version of Beethoven's 5 Piano Concertos. Unfortunately the sound is very very inconsistent, especially the Choral Fantasy (I hope they know where this was recorded so they never do it again). At times it reminded me of a vinyl record played with a needle full of fuzz. Surely RCA/Sony can re-digitize better than this. This effort was woeful, at best. Too bad...Beethoven deserves better (as does the listening public) and if alive would hunt down the dogs that made this recording. I played it once, racked it up to experience, vowed never to play it again and will search for a better production (advice duly appreciated). My apologies to those who have reviewed this product more positively, but the quality of this recording is pathetic. I gave it 1 star primarily because I couldn't figure out how to give it less. I do prefer vinyl by the way...clean the needle and there's nothing finer.
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