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This review is from: Beethoven Piano Concertos, The (Gibson, Sno, Lill) (Audio CD)
I don't know why people apologise on behalf of John Lill. He plays music with such musicality and touch that it's always a joy to hear him play - in particular Beethoven. His playing involves the listener like few other pianists.
I think the Choral Fantasia is one of Ludwig's greatest unsung moments. It has everything from a moody solo piano introduction to an easy going and truly joyous orchestral mid section to a glorious choral finale. Almost like a Jive Bunny compilation of Beethoven in his mid period glory. Wonderful! It's worth the price of the discs for this piece alone!
The sound quality is very good, bordering on excellent.
This set is one of those hidden gems that should really be all the rage. Quite why Lill and the SNO are so overlooked on this offering is quite frankly a surprise.
I much prefer this set of concertos to the rather staid and (almost boring) version by Schiff and Haitink on Teldec although the letter edges it on sound quality.
The SNO prove they are as good as anyone and put in great performances - the perfect backdrop to the soloist.
The mix is just right with an overall pleasing tone a touch on the warm side. Lovely.
This has been one of my best ever buys. All that for less than a tenner makes this a must buy and five stars.