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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Subdin, Vanska, Tapiola Sinfonietta


Release Date: 04/07/2017 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2078  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yevgeny Sudbin
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On two previous albums, Yevgeny Sudbin and Osmo Vänskä have released Beethoven’s three last piano concertos to critical acclaim. Distinctions include Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and top marks from the Italian magazine Musica and the German website Klassik-Heute.de, and performances have been described as ‘electrifying’ (classicfm.com), ‘absolutely stunning’ (Fanfare) and ‘a Beethoven experience you will not want to miss’ (ClassicsToday.com). For the final release in their cycle, Sudbin and Vänskä have travelled to Helsinki to team up with Tapiola Sinfonietta, one of the top Nordic ensembles, and well suited for these earlier and more classical of Beethoven’s concertos. Of the two, the one we now know as the Second was Read more actually begun several years before Concerto No. 1, and indeed even before Beethoven left Bonn for Vienna. During the following decade, Beethoven returned to the score repeatedly and made substantial revisions – including composing a new final movement – and ultimately the C major concerto reached publication first. Both concertos were conceived long before Beethoven's involvement with the symphonic genre, and the influence of Mozart and Haydn is evident in the interaction between the orchestra and the soloist – but Beethoven's individual spirit is nevertheless unmistakeable. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yevgeny Sudbin (Piano)
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yevgeny Sudbin (Piano)
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 

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