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Beethoven: Piano Concertos / Brendel, Haitink, London Philharmonic


Release Date: 05/08/2002 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 420882   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length:  1 Hours  9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In both these two piano concertos (which were written in the reverse order, like Chopin's) we find classical structure informed with a vigour and panache that already signified the arrival of a new musical personality on a Viennese scene hitherto dominated by Haydn and Mozart, and even the first solo entry of the C major Concerto has a quirky vivacity that is wholly Beethoven's own. Alfred Brendel is good at bringing out this sparkle, and though at times I think he drives the music too hard for all its humour to emerge (though the slow movements are eloquent) he should not disappoint admirers of his art who buy his account of these two works, which has good support from Haitink and which has transferred well to CD from his complete set of Read more the late 1970s.

-- Gramophone [9/1988]
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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:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  London 
2. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Venue:  London 

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