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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 - Emperor / Symphony No. 7


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1. Piano Concerto No.5 In E-Flat, 'Emperor': I. Allegro
2. Piano Concerto No.5 In E-Flat, 'Emperor': II. Adagio un poco mosso
3. Piano Concerto No.5 In E-Flat, 'Emperor': III. Rondo (Allegro)
4. Symphony No.7 In A Major, Op.92: I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
5. Symphony No.7 In A Major, Op.92: II. Allegretto
6. Symphony No.7 In A Major, Op.92: III. Presto - Assai meno presto
7. Symphony No.7 In A Major, Op.92: IV. Allegro con brio

Product Details

  • Performer: Firkusny
  • Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: William Steinberg
  • Composer: Beethoven
  • Audio CD (September 8, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Angel Records / EMI
  • ASIN: B00000AF4Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David A. Beamer on January 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Riley compositions will be a bit of a revelation to those who know him primarily from his "In C" and "Rainbows in Curved Air" days. His work here is much more nuanced, and frankly, interesting. The first work is an homage to John Lennon, using elements of "I am the Walrus". You won't be stuck with the Beatles tune in your head when you listen to this however, since the only really recognizable bit is that last 30 seconds. The other Riley work is a suite of 5 movements called "The Heaven Ladder, Book 7". The styles of the movements are quite varied from one to the other. Although we think of Riley as one of the minimalists, what you get here is a melange of styles. Here a bit that sounds like Debussy, there some Poulenc, and over there some Persichetti. Or a bit of Chick Corea. But Riley isn't mimicking these other composers -- the comparisons are only an attempt to give a flavor of what the music is like. One of the movements is an honest-to-goodness fugue.
The two pieces by Adams are much more in the minimalist vein, and for this listener, more satisfying -- the Riley pieces are in a rather more light-hearted mood. As Adams states in the liner notes, the "Gates" in the titles are derived from electronics, not door-like things. In both pieces he abruptly (but not disturbingly) shifts from one mode to another, like flipping a switch (or a "gate"). In the more ambitious of the two, Phrygian Gates, there is a great breadth of expression: tempo and dynamic changes abound. It is also quite complex, both structurally and technically. It takes some world-class technique to pull it off.
And Gloria Cheng-Cochran does just that.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher King on February 22, 2013
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Among the most compelling solo piano music I have heard, and the performance here is amazingly musical, and the sound engineering perfect. I have no idea why this is not heard or played more often. Sure, it's modern, but in such an engagingly musical sense, full of melody, charm, emotion. I would call it classically modern. For me parts are derived from Bach, parts from Beethoven, parts entirely original, not that it's borrowed from them, but follows their natural progression. The standout composition to me is Terry Riley's 'The Heavenly Ladder'. The other mesmerizing composition is John Adams' 'China Gates' (which was used in that equally mesmerizing documentary on PBS/KQED called The Sandman around 2008 based on the ephemeral art of Jim Denevan.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Zuesse on July 9, 2011
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The samples and some of the reviews are not from the CD that is supposedly the subject of this page. The three-star rating and this review should be removed (along with the others) when the amazon employee who goofed here is fired and this page is consequently able to be updated with the correct information and links, so that reviewers can review this CD.
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