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Beethoven: Complete Orchestral Works Vol 7 / Dausgaard


Release Date: 06/26/2007 
Label:  Simax   Catalog #: 1280   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This series goes from strength to strength. Boris Berezovsky has turned out to be a surprisingly fine Beethoven pianist. The Fourth Concerto may be the most difficult of the five for the soloist. It requires a beautiful, singing tone, Mozartian sensitivity to instrumental dialog, and keen structural awareness, not to mention the ability to project a sense of power held in reserve until the finale, which has to erupt with abandon. Berezovsky projects all of these qualities. He plays the opening measures, so tricky to phrase and so tempting for the soloist to milk in an affected manner, with admirable simplicity, and as the movement proceeds the interaction between piano and orchestra has the quality
Read more of a genuine encounter among equals. Thomas Dausgaard's accompaniments are magnificent: focused, ideally balanced, and rhythmically taut. In the rhetorical exchanges between piano and strings in the second movement, Berezovsky really does give the impression of calming the jagged outbursts of the orchestra: there's real give-and-take, as Beethoven requires. Best of all the finale really takes wing, with lightness, grace, and plenty of energy.


If anything, the coupling is even finer, and makes this disc a release of uncommon interest. Beethoven's piano recasting of his Violin Concerto never has gotten much attention from soloists, nor has it ever been played with the kind of conviction and mastery that great soloists routinely bring to the canonical five piano concertos--until now, that is. Part of the problem stems from Beethoven himself. Despite the interesting new first-movement cadenza, he made little attempt to re-imagine the solo part for the keyboard, preferring instead simply to thicken the violin original with chords and arpeggios. It's to Berezovsky's credit that he plays the music with total conviction, and in such a way that it sounds credible as piano music. The first movement, for example, moves forward swiftly (just 20 minutes), a tempo justified by the presence of a less naturally lyrical but more powerful solo instrument. In the Larghetto and finale, with their simpler forms, this dialectical issue matters less, but Berezovksy's poetic account of the former, and joyous romp through the latter, makes this easily the finest performance of the work (in this version) currently available. Ideally balanced, glowing sonics complement these very special interpretations.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
2. Concerto for Piano in D major, Op. 61a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
3. Concerto for Piano in D major, Op. 61a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 

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