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Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 2 & 4 / Kovacevich, Davis, BBC SO


Release Date: 03/25/2003 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186101   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This selection is a Hybrid Multichannel Super Audio CD. The Stereo Hybrid SACD program can be played on any standard compact disc player. The DSD Surround and Stereo programs require an SACD player for playback.

If I were pressed, I would have to say that this series is the most consistent in an advanced-resolution format at providing excellent sound. Listen to the Beethoven piano concertos, for instance. The listener is placed in row ten, center, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra sounds rich, full, and focused. You sense immediately that you truly do have the best seat in the house. The solo piano enters and what a sound. It is like a magnificent, properly tuned piano! The overall sound is just right. And so it goes, with every
Read more release in this series. -- Rad Bennett, Radical Sounds

A welcome pairing of the two “second-string” Beethoven piano concertos in superb performances….Brent Town Hall in London was the recording site in 1974, and the phantom center image of the soloist couldn’t be better. -- John Sunier, Audiophile Audition

Mr Kovacevich was a killer interpreter of Beethoven back then, and Davis an ideal accomplice….Played with dispatch and recorded with a full-bodied sound that doesn’t lose its characters in the quietest moments, these are performances that will never grow stale. -- Dr. Phil Muse, Classik Reviews

If you don’t already have this recording in another format, it’s worth acquiring even if you don’t have an SACD player. It’s proof audibly that the best analog (and Philips were very good at it) was better than any digital until the present, and it is ironic that the SACD format shows off how good these masters were in the 70s. -- Andrew Marshall, Audio Ideas Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1974 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 29 Minutes 56 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1974 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 33 Minutes 10 Secs. 

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