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On her debut release for Onyx, the great pianist Maria Joao Pires performs two Beethoven concertos she has played often, but never before recorded. After giving concerts in Stockholm last October, she went directly into the studio with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and this remarkable recording is the result. These are performances of such passion, poetry and drama - Beethoven as he should sound, just as if you are hearing these great concertos for the first time. In the booklet, Pires has provided a personal note on her approach to these works.

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  • Performer: Maria Joao Pires
  • Orchestra: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Composer: Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (August 12, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: ONYX CLASSICS
  • ASIN: B00KCU2PWO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John J. Puccio TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 14, 2014
Format: Audio CD
How much of an artist's own personality should he or she impose upon the music so that it doesn't sound like just another rote, mechanical, routine performance. Although Ms. Pires's answer to this question in the booklet notes is somewhat vague, I think we all get the idea. The interpreter must show technical skill, virtuosity if you will, in shaping the music to his or her own taste and yet always with an educated guess at the composer's intent, always with the music foremost. Otherwise, you get performers who either beg to call attention to themselves through their eccentricities -- "Aren't I wonderful, am I not great?" -- or merely produce dull run-throughs.

Ms. Pires produces anything but dull run-throughs of these concertos, yet she never imposes any dominating idiosyncrasies of her own onto the music. That is, unless you count her generally warm, sweet, gentle style a personal quirk. I don't. To me, she makes the music come alive by submerging herself into it, all the while bringing out its intrinsic beauty. Ms. Pires is a virtuoso performer with an obvious love for her subject matter and a desire to make the most of it. What's more, Maestro Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra appear completely in accord with Ms. Pires's wishes, supporting her piano passages with a sympathetic accompaniment.

The first item Ms. Pires plays is Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, which the composer wrote around 1800 and first published in 1804, premiering the work himself. No. 3 is not quite the precursor of the full-blown Romantic concertos we get in Nos. 4 and 5 but more like a later Mozart classical concerto. After a moderately lengthy orchestral introduction that sets the tone for a somewhat agitated opening Allegro con brio, Ms.
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By pwatel on April 3, 2015
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Sound is great, so is the orchestra but Pires has a too light crystalline sound which is great for Mozart, but here, it lacks tension, mystery, depth.
Listen to the Fleisher, Szell with the Cleveland Orchestra and you will see what I mean also the Kempff/Berlin phil. for that matter
....but the sound is ancient
IMHO for a more modern [better sound] the Andsnes or Perahia/Haitnick or Howard Shelley with the Orchestra of Opera North
These sets are much better, but nothing beats the old guys....
I like Pires, but not here, try her the Schubert, Impromptus - Le Voyage Magnifique B000001GZY that is amazing.
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By Rui Nunes on March 27, 2015
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Absolutely brilliant!
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