Beethoven Piano Concertos
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(Jan 31, 2012)
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Buchbinder plays with a much lighter touch than Barenboim, and seems more whimsical.The tempi are considerably quicker. Plus you don't have to watch Barenboim mopping up his perspiration every few bars! I really enjoyed #'s 1 & 3 here more than I usually do, due to his playing sensibilities. I've always been fond of #'s 2 & 5, but I still don't love #4. Buchbinder plays and conducts without a score, a sign of his knowing these concerti inside out. (I'm always skeptical of pianists that need a score in performance.) There just seems to be so much joy in his playing, and this infectiousness is evident in the orchestra members as well.
What can you say about the Vienna Phil. and Beethoven? They are inseparable, Every bar is in their blood.You will hear details in the score you have not previously heard - some of this due to a slightly scaled-down orchestra (only four basses). The sound quality in DTS-MASTER AUDIO is immaculate, both for piano and orchestra.
The video is outstanding also - using unusual camera angles from behind and above the orchestra to show the pianist's keyboard technique.
There is a short interview with Buchbinder and Dr.Joachim Kaiser that delves into the differences in the original and newer editions of the scores - showing mistakes that were made in the copying and hence performance errors - fascinating stuff!
I bought this disc from Amazon UK (available earlier and cheaper than Amazon USA) If you buy discs from them, they show them at 17.Read more ›
Particularly well done was the first movement of the fourth piano concerto, which is perhaps the most difficult of all of beethoven's piano concertos for which to play the piano part with balanced nuances and also to complimentarily blend both piano and orchestra parts together. This movement is fiendishly subtle and is very easy to perform with imperfections of interpretive balance! But here this movement is interpreted with excellent balance and nuance, so Buchbinder passed the test here with high marks.
All the concertos are excellently performed. One of the better recordings of the saturated Beethoven piano concerto market.
The predominant impression gained when experiencing this set of performances by Buchbinder is that of affection. This is apparent in every note or phrase that is played, by his interaction with members of the orchestra and also in his whole stage manner which is immensely genial and likeable.
What about the musical detail? Buchbinder has made an incredibly thorough study of these concertos as he explains in the fascinating bonus documentary. This has led him to collect considerable numbers of editions of all of these works including the first editions in Beethoven's own hand. In doing this he has found numerous discrepancies between editions, even in first editions following on from Beethoven's original manuscripts.
Essentially these editorial discrepancies have frequently deleted many of Beethoven's instructions concerning phrasing, tempi changes and dynamics. Those instructions amount to subtleties of expression which imply more freedom than that allowed by a strict classical approach. Buchbinder maintains that by restoring these instructions, the player has to be more expressive than is often the case and is therefore nearer to Beethoven's original intentions.Read more ›
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Superb performance, the Vienna philharmonic was faultless. Buchbinder treats all of the concertos as if they are equal masterpieces, his performance lends support to this thesis. Read morePublished 7 months ago by S. J. Howell
I have been a fan of Welhelm Kempff, but there are no DVD of his performances. Rudolf Buchbinder is an excellant alternative and I greatly enjoyed his interpretations and playing... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ralph Stas
High quality of performance and superior technical quality of the recording. The Performers, Producers and Technicians .are to be commended..Published on November 21, 2013 by Walt
I wish I had read Tom C's review before I bought this blu-ray. Now it IS AWESOME!!!! And my first listen was at night, quiet house so I listened on headphones. In Stereo. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by TexThai
Rudolf Buchbinder is insanely skilled - and on this DVD, he is partnered with the Wiener Philharmoniker. The result is spectacular. The orchestra, conducted by Mr. Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Warren Harris