We present two releases from legendary pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. Buchbinder: Beethoven – Piano Concertos documents a truly remarkable project. Planned as a series of concerts at Vienna’s Musikverein, it was the first cycle of its kind in the legendary hall’s 150-year history. In what amounted to a logistical as well as an artistic triumph, the pianist was joined by five of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors, all with their own distinctive personalities and qualities of sound.
The three-disc set includes a sublime reading of the Second Piano Concerto with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons. It proved to be the conductor’s last concert recording before his death at the end of 2019. Andris Nelsons and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra opened the cycle with the First Piano Concerto, while the Third, Fourth and Fifth were entrusted respectively to the Münchner Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev, the Dresden Staatskapelle and Christian Thielemann, and Riccardo Muti and the Wiener Philharmoniker.
At the Salzburger Festspiele in 2014 he was the first pianist ever playing all 32 Beethoven Sonatas on several recitals in one festival season. Few musicians have engaged with Beethoven’s music as intensively and over such a long period as legendary Austrian Maestro Rudolf Buchbinder. This recording was only available as a DVD and now the whole cycle will be released digitally and in a 9-CD edition.
Both sets are released today, 3 September 2021, and are also available to download and stream.