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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 4 & 5 / Kempff, Leitner


Release Date: 02/13/1996 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 447402   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff
Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Miracles cannot be willed; they are things of chance, the products of the creative imagination, spontaneous and loving, intuited not made. Which is what I mean when I say that Kempff's Beethoven playing is one of our great modern miracles. More self-forgetful than any great pianist I know, Kempff greets the music with spontaneous delight and, greeting it, never for a moment tries to fix it. In Kempff's playing, mind and imagination, wit and fantasy, long-term concentration and smiling delight in the briefest brushed innuendo, sit happily side by side, perfectly fused."

- Gramophone, [June, 1979]
"Miracles cannot be willed; they are things of chance, the products of the creative imagination, spontaneous and loving, intuited not made. Which is what I mean when I say that Kempff's Beethoven playing is one of our great modern miracles. More self-forgetful than any great pianist I know, Kempff greets the music with spontaneous delight and, greeting it, never for a moment tries to fix it. In Kempff's playing, mind and imagination, wit and fantasy, long-term concentration and smiling delight in the briefest brushed innuendo, sit happily side by side, perfectly fused."

- Gramophone, [June, 1979]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1961 
Venue:  UFA-Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 32 Minutes 34 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1961 
Venue:  UFA-Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 38 Minutes 26 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58: 1. Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58: 2. Andante con moto
Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58: 3. Rondo. Vivace
Piano Concerto No.5 In E Flat Major Op.73 -"Emperor": 1. Allegro
Piano Concerto No.5 In E Flat Major Op.73 -"Emperor": 2. Adagio un poco mosso
Piano Concerto No.5 In E Flat Major Op.73 -"Emperor": 3. Rondo (Allegro)

Customer Reviews

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 Ah~! Heaven on Earth October 27, 2013 By IRVING RYNNING (colorado springs, CO) See All My Reviews "Nothing like sound of the living in immortal legends, and certainly Herr Kempff deserves no lees an accolade, as indeed do all persona in this recording, recorded during the era of the Deutsche Demokratische Republik and its Stasi and other horrors .. one wonders how many party apparatchiki crossed the line to hear them..." Report Abuse
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