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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5, Choral Fantasy / Bronfman, Zinman

Release Date: 11/14/2006 
Label:  Arte Nova   Catalog #: 825850   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle OrchestraSwiss Chamber Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rather than opt for superficial barnstorming, Yefim Bronfman and David Zinman offer us a discreet, subtly voiced and above all durable Emperor, that rewards listening with increasing musical dividends. Bronfman plays with a light, precise though never brittle touch, always phrasing elegantly and dipping his tone whenever important instrumental lines need to be heard. There are numerous details that reveal how minutely all the participants are listening to each other. The slow movement unfolds in a mood of unruffled calm, Bronfman’s first entry gentle, delicate, with an appropriate, even touching simplicity. The finale is brisk and energetic and the way Bronfman keeps accompanying rhythmic figurations light and well buoyed is most Read more appealing.

The fill-ups are worthwhile, the Choral Fantasia’s long solo opening more thoughtful than usual and with a bright, easy-going contribution from the chorus. Nothing is ever forced or overstated and the contrast in Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage between worrying stillness and the first signs of a redeeming breeze, ingeniously painted by slowly swirling triplets, is superbly handled.

It is hard to imagine anyone being less than satisfied with Bronfman and Zinman, the Tonhalle Orchestra scoring top marks for teamwork, their woodwinds sounding fully on a par with Europe’s best. Superbly balanced sound helps clinch an unmissable bargain.

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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yefim Bronfman (Piano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
2. Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasy" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yefim Bronfman (Piano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra,  Swiss Chamber Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
3. Meerestille und glückliche Fahrt, Op. 112 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra,  Swiss Chamber Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814-1815; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Middle of the pack August 17, 2013 By Jeffrey W. (Allendale, NJ) See All My Reviews "I purchased this CD because it contains two of my favorite Beethoven piano and orchestra works. The Emperor concerto is beyond compare, of course, and the Choral Fantasy is an underrated tryout for the final movement of the Symphony no. 9. I was not disappointed by the Bronfman/Zinman collaboration, but neither was I overly impressed, thus the 2 and a half (or 3) star rating. My favorite version of the Emperor (coupled with the 4th) which I have owned for a long time is by Claudio Arrau with Colin Davis and the Staatskapelle Dresden. Choosing an outstanding performance of the Choral fantasy is a little more difficult, and I have heard many. However, I have a vintage recording (coupled with the 3rd piano concerto) by Rudolf Serkin with Bernstein and NY Philharmonic that sounds very good to my ears." Report Abuse
 Clear sound November 17, 2012 By h. van hal (Nijmegen, Netherlands) See All My Reviews "When you are searching for a clear piano-sound dominating the orchestra, you have to buy this version of the Piano-concertos of L.v.Beethoven. The quality of the recordings are also very nice. Enjoy this music !" Report Abuse
 enchanted May 21, 2012 By Connie W. (Denver, CO) See All My Reviews "I love classical music and listen to it regularly, but seldom do I actually pull over to the side of the road and just stop and listen to a piece. When I heard this on Colorado Public Radio one day, I did just that. I was totally entranced. Later, when I got home, I went online and bought the piece, but by a different soloist. It just wasn't the same. I ended up calling the station and to find out who had performed the piece I heard, then went on line and found the exact piece and bought it. I've listened to it many times already and continue to enjoy it immensely." Report Abuse
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