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Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 - 5 / Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin [blu-ray]

Beethoven / Skb / Barenboim
Release Date: 11/17/2009 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 2056774  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Berlin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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BEETHOVEN Piano Concertos Nos. 1–5 Daniel Barenboim (pn, cond); Staatskapelle Berlin MEDICI ARTS 2056778 (Blu-ray: 198:00) Live: Bochum 5/21–23/2007


Paul Ingram reviewed the initial DVD release of this cycle from the 2007 Ruhr Piano Festival Read more in Fanfare 31:5. The condensed version: “Barenboim gives every phrase in these works a strong shape, and the ‘Emperor’ is flexible and impetuous, more like chamber music. As Beethoven interpretations, all five concertos are convincing.” I have not been a big Barenboim fan through the years, finding so many of his performances to be either dull or pointlessly willful that I eventually stopped listening. My loss, for, as Ingram wrote, these are very fine performances indeed, right from the very first concerto. Its first movement is exceptionally playful, with extreme dynamic contrasts in the beginning; the third movement benefits from great detail in the orchestra’s articulation, dynamics, and rhythmic pointing—clearly, Barenboim takes his conducting duties as seriously as his soloing. Less to my liking is Barenboim’s tendency to draw out all the slow movements as if they were late Beethoven, but it’s a legitimate interpretive choice. See the previous review for more information, and a comparison to the Krystian Zimerman/Leonard Bernstein video set.


In PCM stereo, the orchestra sounds close and dry, rather like the Cleveland Orchestra in the classic Leon Fleisher audio-only set. Everything, including the piano, sounds much richer in the DTS surround version. The aspect ratio is 16:9, and the visual component offers great clarity and depth of color, even in shots where the color is limited mainly to that of the string instruments and music stands. I can’t say that the utilitarian hall is much to look at in the background, except when the shadows along the walls begin to lengthen; the cycle was shot over the course of three days, around sunset each day, and you can see the natural light change over the course of each concerto. That’s an unexpected extra in an attractive release.


FANFARE: James Reel
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Works on This Recording

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

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