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Beethoven: Concertos / Panenka, Suk, Smetaček, Masur, Prague Symphony, Czech Philharmonic


Release Date: 09/06/2012 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 4107  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jan PanenkaJosef SukJosef Chuchro
Conductor:  Václáv SmetácekKurt MasurFranz Konwitschny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony OrchestraCzech Philharmonic OrchestraPrague Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following the collections of symphonies and violin sonatas, Supraphon is now releasing the complete Beethoven concertante pieces. All of them (including the Triple Concerto and the genre-unique Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra) came into being within a mere sixteen years, between 1793 and 1809. Although Beethoven deemed the piano “an imperfect instrument”, his five piano concertos form one of the cornerstones of his oeuvre and represent a significant landmark in this genre. Amidst the innumerable recordings made, Panenka’s singular take on Beethoven stands out and astonishes owing to the sheer exuberance of articulation, purity of style and lucidity of tone. In 1962, the famous violin concerto was undertaken by Josef Suk with his Read more characteristically masterful musicality. Under Kurt Masur, the Triple Concerto was performed by the entire Suk Trio and the three superlative soloists, possessing abundant chamber experience, proved to be the ideal interpreters of the “Grand Concerto Concertant”. Beethoven recordings fully deserving of the oft-used attribute “legendary”. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jan Panenka (Piano)
Conductor:  Václáv Smetácek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jan Panenka (Piano)
Conductor:  Václáv Smetácek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jan Panenka (Piano)
Conductor:  Václáv Smetácek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jan Panenka (Piano)
Conductor:  Václáv Smetácek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jan Panenka (Piano)
Conductor:  Václáv Smetácek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jan Panenka (Piano), Josef Suk (Violin), Josef Chuchro (Cello)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin)
Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in G major, Op. 40 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin)
Conductor:  Václáv Smetácek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in F major, Op. 50 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin)
Conductor:  Václáv Smetácek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1798; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasy" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jan Panenka (Piano)
Conductor:  Václáv Smetácek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra,  Prague Radio Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 

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