BEETHOVEN Piano Concertos 4 + 5 / Kempff, Leitner


Piano Concertos
No. 4 · No. 5 »Emperor«
Wilhelm Kempff
Berliner Philharmoniker
Ferdinand Leitner
Int. Release 20 Feb. 1995
1 CD / Download
0289 447 4022 6
The Originals

Track List

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58

Cadenzas: Wilhelm Kempff

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73 "Emperor"


Wilhelm Kempff, Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Total Playing Time 1:11:00

. . . none is more poetic or more spiritually searching than Wilhelm Kempff in his 1961 recording. Alfred Brendel . . . said that, for Kempff , "cantabile was the essence of music". You can hear what he meant in this performance, where his tone never loses its luminous, singing quality . . . memorable are the qualities of fantasy and musing inwardness in Kempff's playing . . . If you own just one Beethoven concerto disc, this should be it.

Version classique, épurée, que rien ne viendra démoder, infusant une sérénité, une hauteur de vue qui va aussi bien aux mystères du 4e qu'aux ébrouements solaires de "L'Empereur", le tout capte dans une stéréophonie chaleureuse.