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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 Hybrid SACD, SACD

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  • Audio CD (16 Mar. 2015)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Challenge Classics
  • ASIN: B00T8RIO18
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 454,565 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, op. 58, I. Allegro moderato
  2. II. Andante con moto
  3. III. Vivace
  4. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, op. 73 'Emperor', I. Allegro
  5. II. Adagio un poco mosso
  6. III. Rondo. Allegro

Product description

On this hybrid SACD the talented young Dutch soloist Hannes Minaar performs Beethoven's Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos, two of the greatest works of the genre. The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Jan Willem de Vriend.

Ludwig van Beethoven wrote five piano concertos in all. The last two, No. 4 in G major and No. 5 in E flat major, known as the 'Emperor', were written in 1806 and 1809 respectively. Both works are considered to represent the culmination of the Beethoven's art as a composer.

Dutch pianist Hannes Minnaar received international acclaim after winning prizes at the Geneva International Music Competition in 2008 and the Queen Elizabeth Competition in 2010. He graduated with the highest distinction from the Amsterdam Conservatory in 2009 and took master classes with Alfred Brendel, Willem Brons, Menahem Pressler and Ferenc Rados. At the age of 17 Minnaar made his debut with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Alessandro de Marchi, and since then he has performed with amongst others the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, working with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans Brüggen, Eliahu Inbal, and Edo de Waart. He made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto in 2013.

Minnaar's critically-acclaimed debut album as a soloist was released on Etcetera Records and featured music by Ravel and Rachmaninov. In December 2011 Gramophone magazine selected him as a "One to Watch" artist. He is also active as a chamber musician and is a co-founder of the award-winning Van Baerle Trio.

Jan Willem de Vriend and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra have previously made an acclaimed series of recordings of all the Beethoven Symphonies for Challenge Classics, available on five single CDs and also as a box set.

Personnel: Hannes Minaar (piano), Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)

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AS Chalmers
2.0 out of 5 starsNot middle ground; but not recommended either.
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