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Excellent performances, some complaint on the CD packaging
, 29 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos (Audio CD)
I find this collection of the five Beethoven piano concertos totally satisfying: excellent performances from both the pianist and the orchestra, well recorded with a natural and detailed sound. I have two more sets of the Beethoven piano concertos: Maurizio Pollini with the Berliner Philharmoniker directed by Claudio Abbado (recorded live), and Wilhelm Kempff with the Berliner Philharmoniker directed by Ferdinand Leitner, both on DG. Very difficult to say which one is the best. But I think my favorite one is the Kempff-Leitner set, by a very small gap with respect to Pollini-Abbado and this Perahia-Haitink.
I have just one complaint about the packaging of this triple CD. The digipac (plastic and cardboard) is nice (even if cheap) but I find very annoying that no booklet is provided. There are the track listing plus place and date of recordings printed on the packaging and nothing more! Not even time length of each track! Surely the price is low, but someone buying physical CD (and not digital downloads) is used to have always such additional information. So, five stars to the music, two stars to the CD packaging.
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