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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4, Piano Concerto Op. 61a / Parrott, Brautigam, Norrkoping Symphony

Beethoven / Brautigam / Norrkoping Sym Orch
Release Date: 12/08/2009 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1693  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

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"Here are two of Beethoven’s best-loved and most recorded works in unfamiliar guise. As part of his complete survey on disc of the concerted works for piano and orchestra, the Dutch player Ronald Brautigam performs a rare 1808 revision of the great G major concerto, with substantial variants of the solo part in the outer movements reconstructed from manuscripts by the British Beethoven authority Barry Cooper. They are fascinating, and will take listeners who know and love the standard version by surprise. The D major Op 61 concerto is, of course, usually heard in its original form for violin and orchestra. Beethoven
Read more himself made the transcription for the virtuoso Italian pianist Muzio Clementi, but recordings are few. The elaborate first-movement cadenza, back-transcribed by violinists averse to the anachronisms of Joachim or Kreisler, is particularly interesting because of its written-out part for the timpani, whose five-beat motif is the rhythmic seed bed of the opening allegro, ma non troppo. These textual niceties would hardly matter if the performances did not sound so fresh and invigorating. Brautigam and Parrott bring period manners into play: the soloist’s articulation is pristine without sounding brittle, while the strings play with sparing vibrato, permitting chamber-music wind solos and a feeling of rare intimacy. One listens with spring-cleaned ears: the close of the G major’s slow movement — surely the most beautiful, enigmatic cadence Beethoven ever wrote — has seldom sounded more haunting." -- timesonline.co.uk
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
2. Concerto for Piano in D major, Op. 61a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58: II. Andante con moto
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58: III. Rondo: Vivace
Piano Concerto in D major, Op. 61a: I. Allegro, ma non troppo
Piano Concerto in D major, Op. 61a: II. Larghetto
Piano Concerto in D major, Op. 61a: III. Rondo

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