BEETHOVEN Piano Concertos 3 + 4 / Pollini

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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Piano Concertos Nos. 3 + 4
Maurizio Pollini
Wiener Philharmoniker
Karl Böhm
Int. Release 03 Sep. 2007
1 CD / Download
0289 477 7111 1 CD ADD GOR
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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37

Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58

Maurizio Pollini, Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Durée totale de lecture 1:07:19

. . . No. 4 has exceptional poise and poetry.

Maurizio Pollini and Karl Böhm made some very fine concerto discs together and the coupling of the Third and Fourth Beethoven Piano Concertos is a welcome reissue of two LPs recorded in 1976 (No. 4) and 1977 (No. 3). These performances have always struck me as a remarkable union of head and heart: Pollini's penetrating intelligence is allied to a quite miraculous range of pianistic colour -- from dramatic and arresting big moments to ravishing and intimate quiet playing. Böhm and the Vienna Philharmonic accompany with great conviction throughout . . . The first movement of the C minor Concerto demonstrates the quality and range of Pollini's playing, with an arresting initial entry (after a terrific orchestral opening) and several passages of astonishing beauty -- the magical piano arpeggios following the orchestra's return after the cadenza, for instance. The Fourth has all the same virtues -- Pollini seems responsive to every nuance but he never loses sight of the larger picture either. The finale is as sunny and unforced a reading as one could wish for.