Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
This unusual recording of the Piano Concerto No. 4 by Beethoven combines the published symphonic version of the score with Beethoven’s own rarely heard chamber music arrangement for piano and string quartet.
"In Beethoven's time it was customary that the soloist, who was often a composer as well, improvised the cadenzas. Beethoven personally challenged the young Franz Liszt not only to compose more, but also generally to improvise more at the cadenzas. I have therefore taken the liberty of writing my own cadenzas for the first and last movements. In both [solo piano] sonatas, Beethoven writes the menuetto/scherzo as second movement, instead of as third as was customary. Generally speaking, the term romantic irony links the two sonatas to the piano concerto. Around 1800, Friedrich Schlegel had already formulated his concept of romantic irony, and Ludwig van Tieck employed it slightly later in his literary comedies." - Dejan Lazic
Pianist Dejan Lazic was born in Zagreb and grew up in Salzburg where he studied at the "Mozarteum". He is quickly establishing a reputation worldwide as "a brilliant pianist and a gifted musician full of ideas and able to project them persuasively." -