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4.0 out of 5 stars Some great recordings, 26 Mar. 2013
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I bought this box set solely for the reissue of the long-deleted recording of Henze Concerto (once sold for outrageous price on ebay), but found other great performances in it. The slow movements of Beethoven's Concerto No.3 and Emperor Concerto, for example, I haven't come across such beautiful performances for a long time. Paced in just right tempi, the music glows in sublime serenity. In the outer movements too, Eschenbach's playing radiates poetical beauty and class without compromising technical brilliance.

Schubert Sonatas are just fine. His account of Chopin's Op.28 Preludes is one of the worst I've heard. There is no coherence nor relationship between each prelude and some of the preludes are played with cloying sentimentality (Prelude No.17 in Ab for example). Schumann's Kinderszenen is played beautifully until the last piece Der Dichter spricht, in which case he plays it as if the piece is a mere continuation from the rest, completely missing the point that this last movement is about reflection and contemplation on what proceeded.

Despite a few interpretative oddities, there is a lot to appreciate in this box set, not to mention the superb performance of Henze's 2nd concerto. It deserves at least 4 stars.
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Initial post: 1 Sep 2013 15:32:46 BDT
Mr. Foy says:
Eschenbach can play, but life's too short for mediocre art.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2015 08:43:33 GMT
JayJayDee says:
What arrogant nonsense that is, Mr Foy!
Perhaps you recommend all school/youth orchestras to disband?
And budding pianists to give up for fear of not meeting your standard?

More to the point...
Which alternative performance of the Henze Concerto do you recommend (I have Eschenbach's on vinyl)? And which performance of Schubert 959 surpasses this one which garnered the prime recommendation on BBC Building a Library, last month?
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