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Beethoven: 5 Piano Concertos / Brendel, Rattle, Vienna Po


Release Date: 04/06/1999 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 462781   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alfred Brendel is only the third pianist to be elected an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic, an honor which is surely a testament to the esteem in which the ensemble's members hold him and the musical relationship they forged with him over nearly 45 years. Simon Rattle's association with the orchestra is much newer, yet in just a few years he managed to form a bond with the players. Thanks to Philips, Brendel's label for many years, Rattle and Brendel's collaboration on the Beethoven piano concertos--which began with performances in Birmingham in 1991--has been preserved.
The issue of such a set begs the question of why--Brendel has recorded the complete concertos twice before these, and the catalog is hardly lacking in options.
Read more Yet with so fine an orchestra as the Vienna Philharmonic and so sensitive a conductor as Rattle, the recordings speak for themselves to give the reasons. Brendel has lived his life with this music and brings to it a sparkling technique and deep interpretive understanding. Rattle and the orchestra provide excellent support for one of the piano world's elder statesmen to create a set for which everyone's shelves have a place. Read less

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 5 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 29 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3. Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 35 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4. 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: 32 Minutes 55 Secs. 
5. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 39 Minutes 47 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)
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19: 1. Allegro con brio
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19: 2. Adagio
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19: 3. Rondo (Molto allegro)
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37: 1. Allegro con brio
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37: 2. Largo
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37: 3. Rondo (Allegro)

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