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Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos / Brendel, Levine


Release Date: 07/15/1997 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 456045   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1983 
Venue:  Live  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 37 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1983 
Venue:  Live  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 28 Minutes 48 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1983 
Venue:  Live  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 36 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1983 
Venue:  Live  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 32 Minutes 4 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1983 
Venue:  Live  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 38 Minutes 50 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 - 1. Allegro con brio
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 - 2. Largo
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 - 3. Rondo (Allegro scherzando)
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19 - 1. Allegro con brio
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19 - 2. Adagio
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19 - 3. Rondo (Molto allegro)
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 1. Allegro con brio
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 2. Largo
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 - 1. Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 - 2. Andante con moto
Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 - 3. Rondo (Vivace)

Customer Reviews

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 Excellent Presentation May 31, 2015 By M. Bishop (Clackamas, OR) See All My Reviews "The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is in good form here, under the direction of James Levine. The quality of the recording is so good, you would be inclined to mistake it for a studio recording, rather than a live performance. Alfred Brendel is also in top form playing in virtuosic fashion throughout the concertos on this album. In the first piano concerto, it is noteworthy that the orchestra and the piano are equally balanced as far as recorded sound is concerned; this stable condition is maintained throughout all of the other concertos as well. I highly recommend this album to those seeking an excellent recording of Beethoven’s piano concertos." Report Abuse
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