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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4, Opp. 37, 58 Import

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Product Details

  • Performer: Andras Schiff
  • Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (April 6, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Classics UK / Teldec
  • ASIN: B001O6SIE4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Schiff and Haitink recorded a complete Beethoven concerto cycle in Dresden in 1996, from which this disc is taken. The Fourth was recorded in March, the Third in November. The sound is excellent, with just a int of digital glare, and needless to say the Dresdeners play with seasoned style and elegance. I became attracted when I herd how energetic and incisive the pianist was in the first two concertos, a decided surprise since in my mind Andras Schiff comes off as overly restrained in music after Bach. In keeping with other pianists who excel in Bach, he applies a detached, at times tinkly touch when he moves on to later composers, and for me, that doesn't suit Beethoven or Schubert.

Of course you can argue that Beethoven's early concertos are extensions of Haydn, but here we are firmly in the middle period with Concerto no. 4 and making a transition into it with Concerto no. 3. Haiitnk observes the difference markedly; he gives greater weight and force to the accompaniments, although not the full-blown romanticism of Ormandy and Bernstein, say, when they accompanied Rudolf Serkin in these works. Schiff remains lighter in his approach than Serkin, but in a movement like the Largo of the Third, we don't get a period-inspired speed up. the tempo is braid, and the pianist's phrasing suitable for middle-period Beethoven as tradition recognizes it. In the outer movements the approach is also traditional, and to be honest, I would have appreciated less respectfulness and more brio. Best of all would be the ebullient originality of Mikhail Pletnev in his eye-opening cycle for DG. Schiff comes dangerously close to chirping in the finale of the Third.
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