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Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Arrau, Davis


Release Date: 01/07/2008 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 422066   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claudio Arrau
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

Special Order: This CD requires additional production time and ships within 2-3 weeks.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

A quarter of a century on, Arrau's mastery is pretty well undimmed. If anything, the articulation, as befits the digital age, is even cleaner... This kind of sensitive and considered playing is always likely to be at a premium.

"...Trevor Harvey described Arrau's earlier Philips recording of the C major Concerto as a performance in a thousand: 'Arrau plays the concerto to perfection and it sounds as fresh as new paint.' A quarter of a century on, Arrau's mastery is pretty well undimmed. If anything, the articulation, as befits the digital age, is even cleaner. Certainly, Arrau has lost none of his ability to release one of Beethoven's transforming trills with perfectly graded tone, timing and dynamic range... The
Read more support provided by the Staatskapelle Dresden is first rate: by turns, trenchant and urbane... The kind of sensitive and considered playing we have from musicians like Arrau is always likely to be at a premium."
-- Richard Osborne, Gramophone [7/1988]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 

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