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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 Original recording remastered

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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, November 13, 2001
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listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 1. Allegro con brioOrchester der Wiener Staatsoper17:14Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 2. LargoOrchester der Wiener Staatsoper10:07Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper 9:20Album Only
listen  4. Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper20:59Album Only

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  • Performer: Ludwig van Beethoven, Lazlo Somogyi, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim
  • Audio CD (November 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00005RIH1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on August 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Maybe a pure casualty, but something inside me tells me is not; Barenboim recorded this superb Concerto at the same age Beethoven composed it (22). Let me tell you the majuscule astonishment experienced when this listener heard about it the last Sunday. It's surprisingly admirable the impressive sense of total domain of this score for a man so young. He understood the essential core of this Op. with majestic intensity; moreover Daniel seemed to ensoul to a Concerto o many times played but few times entirely understood. The epic gesture, the struggling path, the infinite noblesse expressed in this cosmic Adagio and that indeclinable and untamed Promethean spirit are superbly expressed along the way.

Of course don' t expect any close romantic approach around it. To my mind there are six unbeatable versions of this piece, (and this one of them) , the other five would be Ivan Moravec, Vaclav Neumann and the Czech Philharmonic (my favorite choice, by far), a legendary version of Wilhelm Kempff from the fifties under Van Kempen conduction (my second choice), a monumental performance of Marguerite Long with the Paris Conservatoire under Felix Weingartner baton recorded in June 10 1939, label Koch (3-7128-2 H1) , a revealing performance with Andrei Gavrilov under Yuri Termirkanov with the State Symphony Orchestra recorded on 28 December 1981 and the well reminded performance of Arthur Rubinstein under Arturo Toscanini conduction in the forties. I have them all and frequently use to compare distinct aspects of the interpretation with fellow friends.

But additionally there is more; Barenboim shone with this admirable version of the Coral Fantasy, a solid Op. of Beethoven unfairly few recorded and less played.

So please don' t hesitate and go for this record. It will reward you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The return of some of the classic recordings from the Westminster label to the DG/Universal catalog over the last few years has been quite welcome. This CD finds a young Daniel Barenboim doing what he does best -- sitting on the piano bench instead of standing at the podium. Here he plays magnificently with Laszlo Somogyi and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra on Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 and the Choral Fantasy. Interestingly, Barenboim would record these same works again in a couple of years (along with all the piano concertos) with Otto Klemperer and the Philharmonia Orchestra for EMI. Both recordings are well worth having (though you can only get the EMI Emporer and Choral Fantasy as a single disc -- to get the other Klemp/Barenboim EMI performances you must buy the box set of the symphonies and concertos), and should be preferred hands down to Barenboim's Beethoven Concerto recordings on EMI Seraphim.
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I don't have this specific DG/Westminster reissue but an earlier BMG/MCA/Millenium Classics release from 1996, apparently not listed on this website (you'll find it under ASIN B000024CGU on the European sister companies). MCA wasn't entirely candid about it: they indicated nowhere the dates of the recordings. Judging from the other reviews DG/Westminster was more open (there was indeed nothing worth hiding): these were made in 1964 - Barenboim was 22 then -, for Westminster, in Barenboim's pre-EMI days. He went on, of course, to record the complete concertos and Choral Fantasy with Klemperer and the New Philharmonia (Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1-5/Choral Fantasia - Daniel Barenboim, Otto Klemperer, New Philharmonia Orchestra & John Alldis Choir), and then, later, with the Berlin Phil and himself conducting (Beethoven - Triple Concerto ~ Choral Fantasy / Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Berliner Phil., Barenboim, Piano Concertos 2 & 3, Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 5 & 4, and if you want #1 also you'll have to pay a price and duplicate 5, Beethoven: Piano Concertos).Read more ›
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