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on 1 August 2013
Not generally the most popular of Beethoven's Concertos the Triple Concerto has been a bit of a 'Cinderella' over the years. However this is an interpretation that really does it justice. Vriend ensures a terrific performance with full value given to brass & wind - not to mention timpani! The soloists play with real committment and the fortepiano & gut strings make a real difference. The performance of the Archduke Piano Trio is very fine too. Don't miss this superb release. Let's hope Vriend goes on to tackle the Piano Concertos!
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on 21 April 2013
A perfect coupling of two Beethoven works which don't seem to have received much attention over recent years inOô}>,=«®{F'okrecordings / interpretations. Both works ars rÉdw'ksõÌly played at a brisk pace on this CD, and the sound quality is excellent (even without SACD compatibility). The fact that the soloists are an established trio works well in the Triple Concerto, where interplay between the three is exquisite, and the orchestra provide punchy support. My neighbours must be tired of this CD already, I play it all the time !!
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on 9 January 2016
This is a hybrid performance, consisting of a period trio (an 1815 Lagrasse fortepiano together with gut strings) against the backdrop of a modern symphony orchestra playing in a historically-informed manner. The trio soloists are all excellent in the concerto and even more so in the piano trio following the concerto. Its sad that the Triple Concerto has, by comparison with Beethoven's Piano Concertos and Violin Concerto, received so few recordings, and even fewer (if any?) on period instruments (I can think of no completely period instrument account). This recording is an attempt to straddle both worlds and this is where, for me, it fails. While the lightness and brightness of the fortepiano is a welcome change to the large-sounding concert grand of other recordings, the plush and boomy sound of the orchestra lets things down. There just isn't enough 'edge' on the strings to articulate the orchestral textures. The result is that it's just too soupy and the striking timpani and brass hardly offer enough compensation. Its perfectly possible to use modern strings and achieve a period-like feel - as Mackerras recordings of Mozart and Beethoven ably demonstrate - but I don't get that effect here. The result also seems to accentuate the forwardness of the trio soloists. The fortepiano is well microphoned and I wondered whether it would have sounded this loud in relation to the orchestra in an actual real life performance? If you're wanting a fortepiano in this work this recording may be one (if not the only) of your few options. If you're already familiar with, and like, de Vriend's other Beethoven recordings you may well enjoy this. But his way of articulating Beethoven just isn't for me, its just too plush. The piano trio is another matter and I can wholeheartedly recommend it. Soloists: 5 stars. Orchestra: 3 stars.
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