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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 4 / Pollini, Jochum


Release Date: 11/18/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 413445   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
Conductor:  Eugen JochumKarl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pollini's Beethoven is heard as its best in this recoupling where the distinguished 1976 recording of the G major Concerto under Bohm is prefaced by an unusually live and commanding peformance of the early B flat Concerto, recorded much more recently in digital sound and conducted by Jochum. Some will find Pollini's way with the B flat Concerto lacking in ease and urbanity. It is not delighted playing; but it is packed with energy, stressing the anarchic, unpredictable elements in the writing, and brilliantly executed. The recording is also very vivid and well balanced. The hushed recitatives at the end of the slow movement are full of atmosphere, the silences charged with tenshion.

-- Richard Osborne, Gramophone [10/1984] Read more /> Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
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 
2.
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 

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