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Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 4 / Radu Lupu, Zubin Mehta


Release Date: 06/25/2010 
Label:  London/Decca Jubilee Catalog #: 425000   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Radu Lupu
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

...The Fourth Concerto was the first to be recorded, in 1977. It is a performance that is wonderfully alive to the music's fanciful, improvisatory spirit and its quietened beauty. I wrote at the time: "In contrast to Pollini who is all chiselled splendour, Ashkenazy [with Solti, Decca, 5/88] who is all rubicund joy and Gilels [EMI, 4/58] who is the very mirror of pianistic perfection, Lupu plays the concerto in a sweetly poetic style, in some ways, reminiscent of Curzon's classic recording of the mid 1950s [Decca, 10/54]". Not that Lupu's performance lacks temperament or tension. There are strong fingers within the velvet gloves...

-- Gramophone [3/1996, reviewing the Fourth Concerto]
...The Fourth Concerto was the first to be recorded, in 1977. It is a performance that is wonderfully alive to the music's fanciful, improvisatory spirit and its quietened beauty. I wrote at the time: "In contrast to Pollini who is all chiselled splendour, Ashkenazy [with Solti, Decca, 5/88] who is all rubicund joy and Gilels [EMI, 4/58] who is the very mirror of pianistic perfection, Lupu plays the concerto in a sweetly poetic style, in some ways, reminiscent of Curzon's classic recording of the mid 1950s [Decca, 10/54]". Not that Lupu's performance lacks temperament or tension. There are strong fingers within the velvet gloves...

-- Gramophone [3/1996, reviewing the Fourth Concerto]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Radu Lupu (Piano)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1979 
2. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Radu Lupu (Piano)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1977 

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