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I cannot understand why there should now be no less than three versions of this travesty in the catalogues, even though it is Beethoven's own arrangement of that masterpiece, his Violin Concerto... Do piano soloists love playing the thing? Evidently Barenboim does; and I must say that he gets as far as possible to deluding the ear into thinking that the arrangement is better than it is. His superb pianism and apparent conviction are conveyed in an impressive recording. So Barenboim devotees may want this. But for all his compelling advocacy let there be no mistake about the truth—and I shall quote JW rather than myself, so that it cannot be said that I have a personal antipathy to the arrangement. "Beethoven has carried it (the
adaptation) out with a quite unbelievable disregard for the merits of his own music... If a second year student had shown this up as an exercise, most intelligent professors would put their heads between their hands".
If you still want it, this is the version to get.
-- Gramophone [10/1974]
reviewing Op. 61a on LP
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Piano in D major, Op. 61a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
English Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria
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