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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5
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"Till Fellner, the Austrian pianist, plays Beethoven like a poet" -- Anne Midgette, The Washington Post
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"Words are inadequate to describe the sheer joy I experienced at listening to this disc. I'd long ago abandoned hope of ever hearing Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto played as I've heard it in my head, and as it is played here.
"An ineffable poetry and grace illuminate their reading from within, such that I can honestly say this is how Beethoven's G-Major Piano Concerto was meant to sound. Every detail and nuance is traced with a touching tenderness and delicacy that is neither fussy nor prissy, but rather flows, as if unbidden, like an outpouring of radiant, seraphic song.Read more ›
These performances of Beethoven's Fourth and Fifth are indeed the most remarkable in the last decade. Ken Nagano at the podium is an admirable conductor, and the experience of this notable ensemble - musical inheritors of Charles Dutoit and Zubin Meta - easies to improve still more the whole result.
Recommended without hindrances.
While there are many recordings of the complete set of five concertos of Beethoven by one pianist, so often there are hits and misses in sets such as those. Whether or not Fellner will fall into the same category is to be seen, but for now he is so secure in the performances of these two last concerti that they becomes models of interpretation. He has fire and passion when that is called for and he also has the poetry and genteel serenity when the passages enter that realm. His technique is staggering and yet does not pull attention to technique per se. He understands the conversation with the orchestra and is so very at one with the organic whole of each of these two favorite works that he makes them seem new.
Kent Nagano is a fine collaborator and the Montreal Symphony plays with supple finesse. Yes, we all have favorite pianists from the past that we hold as paragons of these works, but listen to Till Fellner and those considerations may just be altered! Grady Harp, January 11
Perhaps they don't have to. The Fourth is more than competent on Fellner's part. In the wake of Perahia, this is well played, musical, and centrist. both soloist and orchestra proceed with respect for the score, and if that strikes me as faceless, clearly other listeners enjoy a no-surprise reading; certainly I can't complain about the lovely orchestral playing from the superb Bavarian Radio So; ECM's sonics are very fine, too, and I suspect that the taping was done by the orchestra itself, since their house label is known for its excellent sound. At just short of 19 min. the first movement is standard but feels a bit slack to me here and there. I'm not sure, but I also detect reduced vibrato in the strings (listen to the first tuttis after the piano makes its unaccompanied entrance.)
The slow movement works best, I think, if the orchestra is as powerful as possible to counter the quiet serenity of the piano. Here the effect is moderate on the part of both. the finale is quite tricky to hold together if taken as fast as Beethoven's "vivace" implies. Nagano, like many other conductors, slow the pace to moderato so that nothing goes amiss. I can't fault him, but the result is not very exciting, and Fellner keeps so close to the middle of the road that one wonders if there's a white stripe painted on the piano.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a very clear and exciting performance, and I'm glad to have it after having tried 12 or 13 others.Published 5 months ago by Deloss Brown
This recording by the Montreal Symphony and Till Fellner has been rated as the very best recording of Beethoven's 4 and 5th piano concertos by a Classical music web site review. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Pierre Aubin
I am primarily discussing the Fourth here. There are so many preferable versions of the Emperor out there, I will leave that to somebody else. Read morePublished 24 months ago by david