The early Beethoven legacy from Wilhelm Kempff – sonatas and concertos – with excellent restoration in these inscriptions. BEETHOVEN: Piano Concertos = Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15; Bagatelle in C Major, Op. 33, No. 5; Six Ecossaises in E-flat Major, WoO83; Concerto No. 3 in c minor, Op. 37; Concerto No. 4 […]
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”; Choral Fantasy in C minor – Leif Ove Andsnes, piano and cond./ Mahler Ch. Orch. – Choral Fantasy – Leif Ove Andsnes, piano and cond./ Mahler Ch. Orch. / Prague Philharmonic Choir/ Lukas Vasilek – Sony Classical
The conclusion of Andsnes’ Beethoven Journey presents us heroism and poetry in artful harmony, well-recorded.
More elegantly “musical” Beethoven from Mordecai Shehori, who eschews mere bravura for intelligence and authenticity of expression.
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”; SCHUMANN: Fantasy in C Major – Yundi, p./ Berlin Philharmonic/ Daniel Harding – DGG
Chinese virtuoso Yundi performs Beethoven and Schumann passionately and aggressively, likely not suited to veteran tastes.
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, “Emperor”; Choral Fantasia in C Minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra – Philippe Entremont, piano/Choeur de l’ORTF/Orchestre National de l’ORTF/Jean Martinon – Cascavelle
Performances from Jean Martinon’s Beethoven bicentennial concerts that resound with energy and high definition, grandly festive.