Serkin / Ozawa / Boston Sym Orch Release Date: 04/17/2012
Label:LimCatalog #: 53
Spars Code: n/a Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven Performer: Rudolf Serkin Conductor: Seiji Ozawa Number of Discs: 1
Recorded in: Stereo
Length: 0 Hours 41 Mins.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor"by Ludwig van Beethoven
Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Classical Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria Venue: Symphony Hall, Boston Length: 40 Minutes 30 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Serkin Does Beethoven Proud.September 6, 2012By Richard F. Buckley (Jefferson Hills, PA)See All My Reviews"Rudolf Serkin has always been a passionate and touching pianist. Beethoven, when he wrote this concerto, must have had somebody like Serkin in mind. The "Emperor" Concerto is far and away longer than any of the other four piano concertos that the great composer ever wrote, and he included many complicated and testing passages throughout the piece. Very few, if any, composers before or since have written such a grand scale piano concerto.
Serkin grasps this intricate piece superbly, and brings out in full glory the exciting highs and passionate lows included in this masterpiece. I know of only one other rendition of the "Emperor" which is comparable in any way to this glorious offering - that of Alfred Brendel. Yet, if I could only include one in my collection, it would be the present offering. As good as Brendel is, he lacks a bit of the passion and fire which Serkin offers.
Not to be overlooked in the acclaim is the brilliant accompanying by Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. They bring to the table their usual expert music making with just the right touch of warmth and feeling in the appropriate places.
All in all, I couldn't recommend this disc more highly. Get it while it is still available."Report Abuse