Beethoven: The 5 Piano Concertos

Beethoven: The 5 Piano Concertos

by Mitsuko Uchida
     
 

When does the incandescent become ephemeral? When does the evanescent become artificial? When do the expertly crafted, the gracefully sculpted, and the radiantly beautiful become simply a matter of style and taste? It is impossible to say for certain. For some listeners, Mitsuko Uchida's recordings of Beethoven's piano concertos with Kurt…  See more details below

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When does the incandescent become ephemeral? When does the evanescent become artificial? When do the expertly crafted, the gracefully sculpted, and the radiantly beautiful become simply a matter of style and taste? It is impossible to say for certain. For some listeners, Mitsuko Uchida's recordings of Beethoven's piano concertos with Kurt Sanderling conducting either the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra or the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks will be the epitome of aesthetic pleasure. For others, her performances will be instantly forgettable. Uchida certainly has the clear tone, the strong technique, and the necessary heroic-poetic sensibility to play Beethoven's concertos, and Sanderling surely has the depth, the soul, and the experience to conduct Beethoven's concertos, but they don't seem to touch either each other or the music, much less the eternal in Beethoven's music. The witty humor of the "First," the easy elegance of the "Second," the powerful drama of the "Third," the serene lyricism of the "Fourth," and the Apollonian majesty of the "Fifth" seem missing from their performances together, and, although they are pleasant enough while they're playing, when they're over, they're gone and forgotten. Philips' '90s piano sound is as clear, lucid, and warm as its '60s and '70s piano sound, that is to say, as good as the best ever made.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2005
Label:
Philips
UPC:
0028947567578
catalogNumber:
000531002
Rank:
24492

Tracks

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Kurt Sanderling  - Mitsuko Uchida  - Claudia Wager
  2. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Kurt Sanderling  - Mitsuko Uchida  - Claudia Wager
  3. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Kurt Sanderling  - Mitsuko Uchida  - Claudia Wager
  4. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Kurt Sanderling  - Mitsuko Uchida  - Claudia Wager
  5. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Kurt Sanderling  - Mitsuko Uchida  - Claudia Wager
  6. Variations (32) on an original theme for piano in C minor, WoO 80  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Mitsuko Uchida  - Claudia Wager

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