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Beethoven Piano Concertos (2012)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Korean, Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: C Major
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 215 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005PU97FO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,927 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Rudolph Buchbinder performs with the Vienna Philharmonic.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent in performance, sound and video January 19, 2012
This proves to be a worthwhile companion bluray disc to the recent outstanding Thielemann Beethoven symphony set. (see my review.)I am not usually a big fan of combination pianist/conductor set-ups, but in this repertoire, I much prefer this version to the Barenboim set, good as it is.

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.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior February 19, 2012
By Jmam
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This blu-Ray recording of the Beethoven piano concertos is a winner. Excellent interpretations of both piano and orchestra, and both of them are conducted such as to compliment with each other beautifully. Buchbinder was perhaps a bit too spritely when he played the piano for his previous Mozart piano concertos on DVD, but here his performance of the piano parts of beethoven's concertos are superiorly well nuanced. The Steinway he was playing on also gave out rich bass sounds, which are crucial for bringing out the atmosphere of the third movement of the fifth concerto.

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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impossibly wonderful April 27, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First understand that Buchbinder is a Beethoven scholar. It is important that you look at the documentary to understand how he developed his mastery of Beethoven. It is impossible that he conducted and played these 5 concertos in a four day period without breaking a sweat. His technique is amazing. The Vienna philharmonic is of course wonderful as they were in the Beethoven symphonies conducted by Christian Thieleman. Sound quality, picture quality and directing of film are impeccable. It just does not get any better than this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding set of these Beethoven concertos July 14, 2012
This series of recordings was made in the Golden Hall in Vienna with the VPO in 2011 and were clearly much enjoyed by the audience. As Buchbinder is a frequent performer in Austria and in Vienna, it is likely that he would be a very familiar figure to Viennese concert goers. They would therefore probably have chosen to attend the concert in the expectation of enjoying a performance of a pianist with whom they would be artistically familiar. Their enthusiasm is therefore easily understood and is largely justified.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Splendid performance!

Jan Vermaak
Published 25 days ago by jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in evbery way
High quality of performance and superior technical quality of the recording. The Performers, Producers and Technicians .are to be commended..
Published 10 months ago by Walt
4.0 out of 5 stars Only 5.0 so beware or listen in Stereo
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 more
Published 13 months ago by TexThai
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome performances of the 5 Beethoven piano concertos!
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 more
Published 20 months ago by Warren Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Marvelous!
Absolutely marvelous performance by Rudolf Buchbinder, playing the five Beethoven piano concertos and directing the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the same time. Read more
Published 24 months ago by C. Santas
3.0 out of 5 stars Soloist too academic, orchestra played more like chamber music
The biggest problem with the performance is the soloist is also the conductor here. Although the WP is the no doubt the best orcheastra in the world, without a real conductor the... Read more
Published on August 3, 2012 by Gadgester
4.0 out of 5 stars No track menu
Don't buy this unless you really love this performance. There is no menu for you to select a particular track. Read more
Published on April 21, 2012 by Kevin
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