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Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 1 & 4 / Rattle, Brendel, Et Al


Release Date: 06/29/2001 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 462782   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sir Simon also took some time for Beethoven this year, and collaborated with Alfred Brendel to produce a fine set of the piano concertos. It may seem eccentric to focus on Rattle's participation, since the soloist is usually the star. But Brendel and Rattle have been colleagues for 15 years, and these interpretations are very much a partnership. Since this is Brendel's fourth go-round with the five, the choice of conductor was hardly negligible: Brendel has said that Rattle is the most "stunningly gifted" conductor around. The Vienna Philharmonic sounds lean but powerful, and the performances have been vividly captured in the studio.

-- Christopher Abbott, Fanfare [11-12/1999], from a "Want List" featuring
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1997 
Venue:  Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 38 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1997 
Venue:  Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 33 Minutes 17 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15: 1. Allegro con brio
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15: 2. Largo
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15: 3. Rondo (Allegro scherzando)
Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58: 1. Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58: 2. Andante con moto
Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58: 3. Rondo (Vivace)

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