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Beethoven: Complete Concertos / Pollini, Kremer, Shaham [5-CD Collector's Edition]


Release Date: 10/18/2011 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001607002   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maurizio PolliniSviatoslav RichterPascal GalloisPatrick Gallois,   ... 
Conductor:  Eugen JochumKarl BöhmKurt SanderlingHerbert von Karajan,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraVienna Symphony OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews of some of the original recordings that make up this set.

"There was understandable consternation in the DG camp when the evolving concerto cycle with Pollini, Böhm and the VPO was ended by the death of the 86-year-old Karl Böhm in Salzburg in August 1982. Happily Eugen Jochum was on hand, a conducter of comparable age and stature, a skilled accompanist and a fine conductor of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven within that German tradition in which Romantic expressiveness is tempered by Classical proportion and Classical vitality.

Not that the conductor's role in the Beethoven concertos is a dominant one. He must secure alert and shapely playing at tempos of the soloist's choosing but
Read more rarely has a conductor stamped his personality ineradicably on a cycle. Klemperer did so in the fascinating pairing with the younger Barenboim on HMV, but many of the finest accounts of these works have been made with conductors of middling rank: Galliera, van Kempen, Menges, Ludwig, Leitner and Stein; or by front-rank conductors—Haitink, Szell or Sir Cohn Davis—at their most self-effacing. Jochum's conducting of the first two concertos is robust, expressive and alert. His tempos, and Pollini's, are suitably brisk in the Allegro con brio opening movements; and the finale of the First Concerto, high-spirited and thrusting, seems to derive much of its character from Jochum's conducting.

Both recordings were made in the Musikvereinsaal in Vienna. The First Concerto is a concert performance; the Second Concerto is a 'studio' recording in the same hall. (The mysterious cadenza of the Second Concerto's Adagio is heard against a background of silence that is as apt as it is unearthly.) Of the two, this is the more polished performance. In the First Concerto both the playing and the recording seem a shade rough-and-ready. Orchestra and piano aren't entirely hand in glove at the piano's first entry. After stuttering on the grid, Pollini accelerates brilliantly away before throttling back to a cruising speed more or less at one with Jochum's initial tempo. There's also, by Pollini's standards, a rather reckless and threatening account of the big third cadenza.

The outstanding performance of Pollini's cycle strikes me as being that of the Fourth Concerto, Pollini at his finest, though there are those who would put the performance of the E flat Concerto in that class, too. Certainly, it is staunchly led by Böhm, and Pollini's playing—technically, tonally, and intellectually adamant-catches well the work's shining, confident mood."

-- R.O., Gramophone [12/1983]

"Heard in this context, Gil Shaham emerges as the first among equals. Anyone experienced in the field of violin miniatures on record will know that, more often than not, it's a case of glamorous solo playing versus humdrum orchestral accompaniments (Michael Rabin's Capitol recordings being among the rare exceptions to a well-tested rule). Here, however, the Orpheus match Shaham every step of the way with playing that is as suave, sweet and technically refined as his own. The Beethoven Romances are superbly realized and Shaham steals the lead on most of his rivals by making them actually sound different from each other, the First being fairly forthright, the Second more a song without words."

-- Gramophone [3/1997]
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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:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna 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:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
3. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
4. Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
5. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
6. Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in B flat major, WoO 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1794; Vienna, Austria 
7. Romance in E minor for Piano, Flute, Bassoon and Orchestra, Hess 13 [fragment] by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Pascal Gallois (Bassoon), Patrick Gallois (Flute), Myung-Whun Chung (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Bonn, Germany 
8. Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mark Zeltser (Piano), Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
9. Concerto movement for Violin in C major, WoO 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Emil Tchakarov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Bonn, Germany 
10. Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in F major, Op. 50 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1798; Vienna, Austria 
11. Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in G major, Op. 40 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
12. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
13. Concerto for Piano in E flat major, WoO 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Lidia Grychtolówna (Piano)
Conductor:  Heinz Dressel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Folkwang Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Bonn, Germany 
14. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 48 Minutes 11 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.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)
Rondo in B flat for piano & orchestra, WoO6 - Fragment, ergänzt von Carl Czerny
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)
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)
Romance cantabile for piano, flute and basson accompanied by two oboes and strings in E minor Hess 13 (fragment completet by Hess)

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