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Piano Concertos Nos. 3 And 4 (Fleisher, Szell, Co) Original recording remastered

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  • Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
  • Conductor: George Szell
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (19 Jun. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Bmg Classics
  • ASIN: B000F6YW6W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,949 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Allegro Con Brio
  2. Largo
  3. Rondo. Allegro
  4. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35
  5. Andante Con Moto
  6. Rondo. Vivace

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I've cherished the original Sony Classical release since I first acquired in in the 90s and thought I'd give my two cents on the new release. Can't comment on the remastering but I am more than happy with the original version though it's a bit dry and upfront. Not a bad thing for Beethoven if you ask me. Particualrly on the PC 3 and PC 4, you used to have to buy two CDs as it was annoyingly coupled 1+3 and 2+4. A few highlights for me: the slow movement in the 3rd and the cadenza of the 4th are amazing. The playing is brisk and edgy. More like what you get with period versions than some grand and beautifully played modern versions. Fleisher's energy is inspiring. I own many versions, and the closest level of excitement I can think of come from Perahia-Davis version which has more lyricism and maturity that maybe the young Fleisher lacks. But he fits my own idea of Beethoven-style and the fiery playing reminds me of an Argerich (I believe they share the same teacher) or a Horowitz. It always leaves me awed and breathless. I highly recommend you to try this version.
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This performace reaches Apollian heights. It is extremely vital, vibrant and masculine. By speeding up and sometimes slowing down the runs Fleisher creates great drama and emotion. His playing is highly passionate without exaggeration and of stunning clarity. The orchestra is in high synch with Fleisher and plays with stunning articulation and phrasing that is unequalled by any other orchestra I have heard. There is some slight background hiss if you put your ears to the speakers (that is to say, it really is not very noticeable); overall the remastering sound is of great sonic depth and brilliance. An interpretation that is full of warmth and with a great sweeping singing quality. ESSENTIAL CD THIS IS REALLY A MUST. Also see the Bronfman Zinman recording of these 2 concertos. Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 (Bronfman, Zinman)
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Sony has done wonderful job of remastering Fleisher's near-miracle great performance of Beethoven concerti. It sounds so vivid and fresh. I hope they will remaster other three conceri too, especially the unsurpassed incandescent account of emperor concerto played magnificently with astonishing tonal delicacy and rapt serenity.
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The peformance of the fourth concerto is sublime, the piano drifting off to heaven in the first movement.

I regard it as the finest recording of any work ever produced.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Thanks Sony! 19 Aug. 2006
By SwissDave - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sound quality definitely is improved in this latest remastering of what to me is an obvious must-own recording, combining one each of my top favourite Beethoven 3rd and 4th Concerto recordings (see my current favourites attached below). In fact I'm wondering if this is the first time on CD that the original master tape and not a production master (at least a first or second generation copy) of No. 4 was used. I still own two sets of the original LPs (one run-down, the other near mint), and this is the first CD remastering to surpass the LP reproducing Fleisher's ever-changing dynamic and tonal shadings - wonderful! The master tape may have minor flaws due to age, storage, whatever (e.g. in the beautifully done first movement cadenza - Beethoven's longer and to my mind more attractive one), but there's rather less hiss, and strings and especially winds sound more realistic. One of those recordings I'd buy again and again, when a better remastering becomes available.

Please dear responsibles at Sony Classical: what about the other three Fleisher/Szell Beethoven Concertos? What about a complete Leon Fleisher anthology since we're at it?

Please!!!

- Beethoven/Fleisher; Szell, CO: Piano Cto. 3 (1961) - Epic/Sony
- Beethoven/Rubinstein; Leinsdorf, BSO: Piano Cto. 3 (1967) - RCA
- Beethoven/Solomon; Menges, LPO: Piano Cto. 3 (1956, cadenza by Clara Schumann) - HMV/Testament
- Beethoven/Schnabel; Sargent, LPO: Piano Cto. 3 (1932) - HMV/Pearl & Naxos
- Beethoven/Gould; Karajan, BPO: Piano Cto. 3 (Berlin 1957) - SFB-RBB/Sony
[Beethoven/Arrau; Klemperer, PO: Piano Cto. 3 (London 1955) - BBC/Testament]
[Beethoven/Arrau; Davis, SD: Piano Cto. 3 (1987) - Philips]
[Beethoven/Solomon; Boult, BBCSO: Piano Cto. 3 (1944, cadenza by Clara Schumann) - HMV/Naxos]
[Beethoven/Michelangeli; Giulini, VSO: Piano Cto. 3 (Vienna 1979) - DG Originals]
[Beethoven/Brendel; Rattle, VPO: Piano Cto. 3 (1998) - Philips]
[Beethoven/Rubinstein; Toscanini, NBCSO: Piano Cto. 3 (New York 1944) - RCA]
[Beethoven/Rubinstein; Krips, SOA: Piano Cto. 3 (1956) - RCA]
[Beethoven/Richter; Sanderling, VSO: Piano Cto. 3 - DG Originals]
[Beethoven/Gilels; Szell, CO: Piano Cto. 3 (1968) - Columbia]
[Beethoven/Pollini; Abbado, BPO: Piano Cto. 3 - DG]
[Beethoven/Zimerman; Bernstein, VPO: Piano Cto. 3 (Vienna 1989) - DG]

- Beethoven/Fleisher; Szell, CO: Piano Cto. 4 (1959, long 1st-movement cadenza) - Epic/Sony
- Beethoven/Gilels; L. Ludwig, PO: Piano Cto. 4 (1957, short 1st-movement cadenza) - Columbia/EMI, Philips GPOC & Testament
- Beethoven/Richter-Haaser; Kertész, PO: Piano Cto. 4 (1960, long 1st-movement cadenza) - Columbia/EMI & Testament
- Beethoven/Moravec; Turnovsky: Piano Cto. 4 (1963, short 1st-movement cadenza) - Connoisseur Society/VAI
- Beethoven/Arrau; Davis, SD: Piano Cto. 4 (1984, long 1st-movement cadenza) - Philips 50
- Beethoven/Solomon; Cluytens, LPO: Piano Cto. 4 (1952, long 1st-movement cadenza) - HMV/Testament
- Beethoven/Schnabel; Sargent, LPO: Piano Cto. 4 (1932, long 1st-movement cadenza) - HMV/Philips, Pearl & Naxos
[Beethoven/Brendel; Rattle, VPO: Piano Cto. 4 (1997, short 1st-movement cadenza) - Philips]
[Beethoven/Moravec; Belohlávek, PP: Piano Cto. 4 (2003, short 1st-movement cadenza) - Supraphon]
[Beethoven/Arrau; Klemperer, PO: Piano Cto. 4 (London 1955, long 1st-movement cadenza) - BBC/Testament]
[Beethoven/Rubinstein; Leinsdorf, BSO: Piano Cto. 4 (1964, long 1st-movement cadenza) - RCA]
[Beethoven/Curzon; Knappertsbusch, VPO: Piano Cto. 4 (1954, long 1st-movement cadenza) & 5 (1957) - Decca Legends]
[Beethoven/Schnabel; Stock, CSO: Piano Cto. 4 & 5 (1942, long 1st-movement cadenza in No. 4) - RCA]
[Beethoven/Rubinstein; Beecham, RPO: Piano Cto. 4 (long 1st-movement cadenza) - RCA]
[Beethoven/Pollini; Böhm, VPO: Piano Cto. 4 (1976, long 1st-movement cadenza) - DG]

Greetings from Switzerland, David.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar - Fleischer vitalizes Beethoven's Piano Concertos 14 Feb. 2007
By William Schmidt, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this more than 40 years ago. Wore the record out.

The 3rd Piano Concerto is as heroic as the 3rd symphony.

I have heard many other artists. But Fleischer has always stood

out as the most awe-inspiring. None match his performance of

the 3rd Piano Concerto. Listen just to the beginning and

you will see I am right. But listen to the showering trills,

too. What joy. I am very grateful to be be able to get in digital

format so many years later.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Performances Indeed!! 28 Feb. 2008
By Scriabinmahler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sony has done wonderful job of remastering Fleisher's near-miracle great performance of Beethoven concerti. It sounds so vivid and fresh. Orchestra too sounds so alive and powerful. I hope they will remaster other three conceri too, especially the unsurpassed incandescent account of emperor concerto played magnificently with astonishing tonal delicacy and rapt serenity.
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A crisp, classical style in Beethoven, superbly done 23 Aug. 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although often touted as an automatic classic, I think one's reaction to the Fleisher/Szell Beethoven cycle depends on how you view Beethoven. For me, the most important adjectives are heroic, revolutionary, romantic, and powerful. In those terms, the approach of Fleisher and Szell isn't a perfect fit. For them, Beethoven is classical, precise, organized, and fast-moving. If you think the same, these are flawless readings, and the new remastering does wonders with the thin, hissy sonics heard on Epic LPs in the early Sixties.

For many pianists, Beethoven the classicist becomes an excuse for cautious underplaying, constantly pulling the music back to the world of Haydn. That's not true here. Fleisher remains powerful and large-scaled almost all the time. He doesn't tiptoe. Yet at the same time, he practices a good deal of restraint. Just listen to the "Daniel in the lion's den" slow movement of the Fourth Concerto, or the finale of the same work. Fleisher plays with delicacy and finesse--a trifle too much of both for me--and reduces rubato to a discreet minimum.

My ideal in the Beethoven concertos is Edwin Fischer, Arthur Schnabel, the young Gilels, and Rudolf Serkin. They all combine romanticism and power with Fleisher's great alertness and superb musicality. In the end, these are five-star performances if you are tuned into them more than I am.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fleisher's best playing 15 Sept. 2009
By MusicRules - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's an excellent recording of Fleisher's playing. I honestly did not hear too much of his playing prior to this recording, but I am impressed with his incredible velicity, talent and artistic interpretation.
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