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Posted November 20, 2013
If you have but one Barenboim Beethoven piano concerto collection in your library, make sure it’s this one.
It is a sublime pleasure to see and hear Concerto #1, a work that harks back to "Ein lust´ger Musikante marschierte einst am Nil," appear before our eyes and ears. Consequently, let us all pray "Gelobet seist du jederzeit, Frau Musika " for this rare experience. Barenboim,at the piano holds the orchestra under tight control and directs the dialog of piano and orchestra with precision and intimate knowledge. A sheer delight...but, you must hear the rest on your own...without any outside influence!
Robert Miles, 2013
Posted July 30, 2012
These performances of Daniel Barenboim leading his ensemble, Staatskapelle Berlin, from the piano are from the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum, Germany in May 2007. This is an industrial-looking venue, which didn't really seem to fit the music. Regardless, the performances are terrific. Barenboim conducts and plays beautifully. A slow push in on 3:I shows intensity in Barenboim's profile, and a close up of his hands on 3:II accentuates his virtuosity. The cameras on stage are unobtrusive, and the visuals are crisp. The sound is clean, and the strings in particular have a very warm sound. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.