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Beethoven: The Solo Concertos / Vladar, Van Kuelen, Speckel, Wiener Kammerorchester

Beethoven
Release Date: 11/18/2016 
Label:  Capriccio Records   Catalog #: 7210   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stefan VladarIsabelle van KeulenJulian Steckel
Conductor:  Stefan Vladar
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



If you fancy a set of the Beethoven piano concertos that’s suitable for listening to at a single sitting, then look no further. The ingredients are ideal for the job: abundant energy; bold, clear-sighted interpretation; brilliant though intelligently deployed pianism; poetic handling of the various slow movements; vital conducting and orchestral playing that fits the ‘chamber orchestra’ template like a glove. Vladar’s conducting is again excellent but it’s his playing and conducting that really makes the grade. The sound is very realistic, though be warned that the piano is very much upfront. An exceptional set.

– Gramophone


If you fancy a set of the Beethoven piano concertos that’s suitable for listening to at a single sitting, then look no further. The ingredients are ideal for the job: abundant energy; bold, clear-sighted interpretation; brilliant though intelligently deployed pianism; poetic handling of the various slow movements; vital conducting and orchestral playing that fits the ‘chamber orchestra’ template like a glove. Vladar’s conducting is again excellent but it’s his playing and conducting that really makes the grade. The sound is very realistic, though be warned that the piano is very much upfront. An exceptional set.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stefan Vladar (Piano)
Conductor:  Stefan Vladar
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Synchron Stage Vienna, Synchron Stage Or 
Length: 35 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stefan Vladar (Piano)
Conductor:  Stefan Vladar
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Synchron Stage Vienna, Synchron Stage Or 
Length: 26 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stefan Vladar (Piano)
Conductor:  Stefan Vladar
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Synchron Stage Vienna, Synchron Stage Or 
Length: 33 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stefan Vladar (Piano)
Conductor:  Stefan Vladar
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Synchron Stage Vienna, Synchron Stage Or 
Length: 31 Minutes 23 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stefan Vladar (Piano)
Conductor:  Stefan Vladar
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Synchron Stage Vienna, Synchron Stage Or 
Length: 36 Minutes 17 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen (Violin), Julian Steckel (Cello), Stefan Vladar (Piano)
Conductor:  Stefan Vladar
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Synchron Stage Vienna, Synchron Stage Or 
Length: 33 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
Conductor:  Stefan Vladar
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Synchron Stage Vienna, Synchron Stage Or 
Length: 42 Minutes 28 Secs. 
8.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in F major, Op. 50 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
Conductor:  Stefan Vladar
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1798; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Synchron Stage Vienna, Synchron Stage Or 
Length: 7 Minutes 55 Secs. 
9.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in G major, Op. 40 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen (Violin)
Conductor:  Stefan Vladar
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Synchron Stage Vienna, Synchron Stage Or 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Where is it? August 29, 2017 By R. Murphy (Jamestown, ND) See All My Reviews "I still have not received my product that I ordered." Report Abuse
 Excellent - Recommended August 18, 2017 By L. Wilborn (Richwood, TX) See All My Reviews "This 4-CD disc set presents a fine program of Beethoven's concertos, excellent performances, and excellent sound recording. Very enjoyable listening. Booklet is well done and informative. Recommended." Report Abuse
 The Beethoven concertos with a chamber music feel November 21, 2016 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "This new 4-CD set from Capriccio consists of a big chunk of Beethoven's greatest music, most of it from his virile middle period. They've gathered a group of talented musicians who are also in their prime: violinist Isabelle Van Keulen, cellist Julian Steckel, and pianist and conductor Stefan Vladar. It was recorded at Vienna's Synchron Stage in December 2015 and February 2016 over a period of only nine days. This schedule provides the music with a feeling of occasion and excitement that usually comes from a live recording, rather than the more controlled vibe of a normal studio recording. In an excellent Capriccio video Vladar talks about his tendency to focus on the extreme aspects of Beethoven, in recognition of the composer's revolutionary tendencies. But the hallmark of this project, is, I think, a tasteful, collegial, civilized feeling that comes from the relatively small orchestra and the fact that Vladar is playing and conducting at the same time. Vladar talks about the significance of this: "It’s a lot of fun to view the pieces as expanded chamber music rather than as a solo concerto with orchestra. …the orchestral musicians themselves are challenged to display their chamber musical qualities, since they have to organize a lot of things themselves." The fine playing in the concertos is a sign of the rapport Vladar has built with the Wiener KammerOrchester since he became their music director in 2008. The entire project demonstrates the power of a relaxed and convivial environment - having fun playing music with friends - to elevate good music into something special." Report Abuse
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