Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos

Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos

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by Paul Lewis
     
 

His complete set of the Beethoven piano sonatas enjoyed extraordinary acclaim around the world, culminating in a Record of the Year Award from Gramophone Magazine in 2008. Paul Lewis now turns his attention to the five piano concertos, joined by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiri Belohlavek. Together, these great artists paint…  See more details below

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His complete set of the Beethoven piano sonatas enjoyed extraordinary acclaim around the world, culminating in a Record of the Year Award from Gramophone Magazine in 2008. Paul Lewis now turns his attention to the five piano concertos, joined by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiri Belohlavek. Together, these great artists paint a portrait of Beethoven full of light and shade. From the Label

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Anthony Tommasini
Exceptionally fine. These are freshly considered, elegant and engrossing performances.... [Lewis] brings a wonderful balance of integrity and imagination to his Beethoven playing. He does not dazzle you with virtuosity. His nimble and articulate finger work is always at the service of his musical ideas: to me the definition of good technique. While utterly respectful of the scores, he plays with such spontaneity that these familiar staples seem newly astonishing, qualities equally conveyed by Mr. Belohlavek, the Czech-born chief conductor of the BBC Symphony, and his inspired players.... Though the catalog of Beethoven concerto recordings is crowded, this new set is an exciting addition.
Gramophone - James Inverne
[September 2010 Recording of the Month] A cycle that feels thought about as well as lived in the moment. Which is quite a feat.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2010
Label:
Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC:
0794881966226
catalogNumber:
902053
Rank:
189867

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Tracks

  1. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Jirí Belohlávek  - Paul Lewis
  2. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Jirí Belohlávek  - Paul Lewis
  3. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Jirí Belohlávek  - Paul Lewis
  4. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Jirí Belohlávek  - Paul Lewis
  5. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Jirí Belohlávek  - Paul Lewis

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Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
Paul Lewis is an inordinately gifted pianist, that performer who places the composer and the work above idiosyncrasies of the performer. There may not be many moments of explosions or droll humor that draw attention to these performances of the five Beethoven Piano Concerti and for this listener that is a positive aspect. What Paul Lewis, in collaboration with Jirí Belohlávek conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra, gives us here is simply the professional and sensitive readings of Beethoven's works unfettered by superimposed edgy ideas. Few people who follow classical music in both performance and recordings can say they don't have 'favorite' performers, either because of style or execution of other ties with where they were when they encountered specific favored interpretations: many of us will swear by Serkin or Brendel, Arrau, Goode, Rubinstein, Vengerov etc and that is healthy. But to measure a new recording by an established pianist to these personal standards is not altogether fair. Many great pianists have excelled with either one or all of these often performed works. Now we have another great pianist bringing his insight and selfless approach to these great concerti. What Paul Lewis accomplishes in bringing off the entire cycle is a freshness that is not due to altering the composer's intentions but instead to restoring Beethoven's apparent markings, absorbing the manner and mood of the time each was composed. Lewis' technique is flawless: the rapid passages in each concerto are tossed off with seeming abandon but with concurrent finite attention to detail, while the slow movements reveal a pianist with deeply felt emotions - the conversation in the Andante of the 4th between the languid piano and the disruptive orchestral remarks provides some of the most moving moments in this set. For this listener, long drawn to repeating listenings of favorite older CDs, this cycle renews the glory of these works. This is Beethoven well served by an artist and a conductor who communicate well the majesty of Beethoven's compositions. And for the moment this cycle has become the one of choice - for so many reasons. Grady Harp
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