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Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 4 / Pollini, Abbado, BPO


Release Date: 08/26/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 445850   Spars Code: DDD 
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... No. 3 opens and continues throughout the first movement with the strong C-Minor mode that characterizes Beethoven so well. Pollini and Abbado give us a second movement with not only the right notes and dynamics, but also with the essence of this hymn-like movement. C-Minor returns in the final movement songfully, in contrast to the challenge of the first movement bar 111 piano entry. The Fourth...show[s] Pollini and Abbado at their best. Pollini’s shaped phrases (for a change) and Abbado’s directing of the prominent woodwinds (oboe especially) and of the strings in the first movement of No. 4 are ideal for this lyrical music. The slow movement, where Schnabel and Sargent set the example, follows the Schnabel/Sargent approach without copying it. The result is electrifying. Pollini enters the final movement very quietly to comport with the fading final bars of the second movement. After that, Pollini and Abbado give us a vivace that carries the movement to its exuberant conclusion...

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

1.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 

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