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Beethoven: The Piano Concertos / Zimerman, Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic

Beethoven / Zimerman / Vpo / Bernstein
Release Date: 11/13/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001005409  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Die Klavierkonzerte The Piano Concertos

Krystian Zimerman
Wiener Philharmoniker
Leonard Bernstein
Directed by Humphrey Burton

2 DVD-VIDEO NTSC 073 4269 |G|H 2|
STEREO: PCM / SURROUND: DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 4:3
A production of UNITEL, Munich in association with Video Music Productions, Inc.
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Die Klavierkonzerte The Piano Concertos

Krystian Zimerman
Wiener Philharmoniker
Leonard Bernstein
Directed by Humphrey Burton

2 DVD-VIDEO NTSC 073 4269 |G|H 2|
STEREO: PCM / SURROUND: DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 4:3
A production of UNITEL, Munich in association with Video Music Productions, Inc.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Dazzling piano technique March 17, 2016 By Morris Reagan (Madison, MS) See All My Reviews "I bought the CD version of these 5 Beethoven piano concertos years ago. In nearly every respect these performances compare well with the legendary recordings of Leon Fleischer with George Szell's Cleveland Orchestra. Zimerman's keyboard technique easily matches Fleischer's and Zimerman's playing is more brilliant, more showy than Fleischer's. Fleischer's playing adhere's to Szell's philosophy (The performance is about the MUSIC, not about YOU.) Not so with Zimerman. Zimerman, like Bernstein is a showman. In this set Bernstein conducts only concertos 3, 4 and 5. He died before 1 and 2 could be recorded. Thus concertos 1 and 2 are conducted from the piano by Zimerman. For concertos 1 and 2 Zimerman removes the top from his piano so as not to obstruct his view of the entire orchestra. After seeing Zimerman conduct I concluded that Zimerman is even more of a showman than Bernstein. (He jumps up and down from the piano stool to direct the orchestra.) I found Zimerman's behavior distracting. But for me the finest recorded performance of Concerto No. 5 (Emperor) is that by Stephen Bishop Kovacevich with Colin Davis and the London Philharmonic." Report Abuse
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