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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 2; Bruckner: Symphony No 4 / Tennstedt, Gelber

Beethoven / Bruckner / Gelber / Bpo / Tennstedt
Release Date: 10/12/2010 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1448  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenAnton Bruckner
Performer:  Bruno-Leonardo Gelber
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The December 1981 concerts, with works by Beethoven and Bruckner, were predominantly romantic in character. First came Beethoven's Second (actually first) Piano Concerto in B flat. Tennstedt supplied a 'sensitively restrained accompaniment to the Argentinian pianist Bruno Leonardo Gelber' (Klaus Geitel in the Berliner Morgenpost). Gelber had played in a manner quite free from what we associate with the later Beethoven style: 'nimble, gentle in tone, and in the Adagio a touching youthful reflectiveness.' In the Tagesspiegel Walter Kaempfer praised Gelber's commitment to this neglected work: 'The pianist's faultless artistry, captivating in its sonorities and delicate articulation, combined ideally well with the orchestra playing in a kind of Read more communication rarely experienced.' Gelber reminisced in an interview with the Argentinian journalist Cecilia Scalisi in 2009 : 'The Second Concerto is full of contrasts, but is at the same time fresh, light, youthful. It has to be played with gallantry and assurance. Most wonderful of all is the cadenza, charming to listen to, full of energy and character like the mature Beethoven brought back into his own youth - most exciting! I always ask the conductor to give special attention to the contrasts between legato and staccato, for this articulation pervades everything that the music contains. I got to know Tennstedt in Kiel, and we performed together in Berlin. He was one of the finest conductors I have worked with, certainly a great interpreter of Beethoven.' In the E flat Romantic Symphony of Bruckner that followed, Tennstedt was from the outset 'as if on fire, and the flames soon spread over the whole orchestra' (Walter Kaempfer). Hans-Jörgen von Jena (Volksblatt) commented on the special characteristics of this interpretation: 'The brooding Bruckner gave way to Bruckner the melodist. The Philharmonic were able to move freely and calmly on the high plateau that they have established from the beginning for all their Bruckner performances. Brass choruses and shimmering strings seemed to be well within the limits of their powers; the sound was beautiful throughout, richly expressive and lucid. Expansive phrases, broad crescendos, a firm control of formal features, all of this seemed quite natural. There was no hint of that other Bruckner - the massively structured, archaic character - than can appear in this symphony as in others.' from the booklet note © Helge Grünewald, 2010 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Bruno-Leonardo Gelber (Piano)
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic" by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 

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