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Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Pollini, Abbado, BPO


Release Date: 04/03/1995 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 445852   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The remarkable combination of Pollini, Abbado, and the Berlin PO in the Beethoven five [concertos] was captured live on three discs and issued originally in 1994... In all five piano concertos, Abbado and Pollini are in command. The piano concertos are vintage Pollini—cool, clear, powerful, and soft when necessary but unfortunately not sufficiently poetic, yet very appropriate almost everywhere else—where poetry should not be sought. Local phrase-shaping to make for an interesting tour is not often enough Pollini’s way, nor is it Abbado’s. Instead, both Pollini and Abbado shape their sound for the landscape rather than for the individual plantings. Jerry Dubins perceptively observed this about Pollini in his 31:6 review of Pollini’s Read more recording of the op. 2 sonatas. Pollini’s first movement of No. 1 is technically dazzling, very analytical, and cool to the point of seeming, unfortunately, facile at times. His second movement is a beautiful Largo portrait with details always discernable. The final movement is technically marvelous, but not overly distinctive. Abbado shows his typical command of the orchestral details, resulting in a very rewarding performance. The earlier Second Concerto is unpretentious and straightforward, clearly exposing Beethoven’s early genius at part-writing...

– Burton Rothleder, FANFARE [11/2008, reviewing the complete Beethoven concertos]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15: 1. Allegro con brio - Cadenza: Ludwig van Beethoven
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.2 in B flat major, Op.19: 1. Allegro con brio - Cadenza: Ludwig van Beethoven
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)

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