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Beethoven: Piano Concertos / Gieseking


Release Date: 10/26/2004 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 1145   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Walter Gieseking
Conductor:  Rafael KubelikArthur Rother
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraBerlin Reichssenders Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Music & Arts label has released a historic recording of Beethoven's "Emperor Concerto" from 1945, with Artur Rother conducting, surprisingly in then experimental stereo sound. There is also the faint sound during the performance of distant Royal Airforce Lancaster and Halifax bombers dropping bombs and German anti-aircraft guns shooting. (The RAF attacked at night, during the concert, while the Americans bombed in the daytime.) This, plus the startling presence of stereo, in one of the first stereo recordings, and a performance that is considered magnificent, makes for an unsual combination of art and history. - Music & Arts The Music & Arts label has released a historic recording of Beethoven's "Emperor Concerto" from 1945, with Artur Rother conducting, surprisingly in then experimental stereo sound. There is also the faint sound during the performance of distant Royal Airforce Lancaster and Halifax bombers dropping bombs and German anti-aircraft guns shooting. (The RAF attacked at night, during the concert, while the Americans bombed in the daytime.) This, plus the startling presence of stereo, in one of the first stereo recordings, and a performance that is considered magnificent, makes for an unsual combination of art and history. - Music & Arts Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Conductor:  Arthur Rother
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Reichssenders Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/23/1945 
Notes: This is the only complete stereo recording of "Emperor" Concerto by these artists that survived WWII. It was restored in 2004 by Aaron Z. Snyder.
This selection is a stereo recording. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15: I. Allegro con brio
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15: II. Largo
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15: III. Rondo: Allegro scherzando
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73, "Emperor": I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73, "Emperor": II. Adagio un poco mosso
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73, "Emperor": III. Rondo: Allegro

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