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Piano Concertos Nos 1-5 / Triple Concerto Piano Box set

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
  • Conductor: Kurt Masur, Hans Vonk
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (October 2, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000UZ4ENY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,511 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lance Swanson on February 17, 2009
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I was a bit leery about investing in another set of the Beethoven concertos, having bought one already and been very disappointed. The price was bargain basement though so I took a chance. Boy am I glad I did. What Christian Zacharias and Hans Vonk do with these 5 warhorses is magical.

I'll start with concertos 3 and 5. I've always considered these two to be the most tricky to perform well. To me they're the most lush(?) of the set. I've heard so many recordings where in the many sweeping motives the soloist seems determined to define every note and ignore the big picture of the rushing waves of sound coming at you. On the other hand, I've also heard ones where articulated passages are muddy and just plain lazy. None of that is heard here. Zacharias knows exactly the right style to use and where to use it.

As for 1, 2, and 4, apply that same stylistic precision and you can pretty much make your own judgement as to how they come across. Perfection.

The orchestra gives us the perfect background for the works. Stepping up to the center stage when needed, and providing the perfect amount of support for the soloist when required to do so.

So, all in all, this set is worth every penny. I'd have even paid more for it had I known how great it is. Luckily, we don't have to since it's offered at such a great bargain.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Henry on December 12, 2009
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I was looking for a CD of the Beethoven Concertos and I purchased this because of the excellent reviews and the low price. I am thrilled with this recording. It is full of youthful exuberance and is a delight to listen to at every turn. The pianist has an amazing dexterity and fluidity that I have to say is dazzling and the orchestra is excellent as well. I haven't found a recording that I have enjoyed listening to more in some time.
I observed that the dates of Beethoven's life are incorrect in the liner notes! Or maybe I was missing something. With such an excellent playing of these masterworks of Beethoven, I can forgive such an error but someone must have been asleep when proofreading!
I highly recommend this recording!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ray TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 26, 2009
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If you are new to either Beethoven, his piano concertos, or to classical music in general, run, don't walk, to purchase this set of the complete recordings of Beethoven's great piano concertos performed by Christian Zacharias and the Dresden Orchestra. If you are a classical music connoisseur, or a Beethoven aficionado, and you haven't yet examined this set, I give the same advice.

The Beethoven piano concertos are some of the greatest components of the classical music repertoire. In fact, if you have never examined these pieces, what you will find is that Beethoven's piano concertos are nearly full-bodied symphonies with the piano integrated in as a framing device. To listen to these pieces is to be amazed at the breadth and scope of Beethoven's compositional genius, and it's a rare fellow who can find many pieces in the catalogue that can compete with them. These five works, all laying firmly within the standard definition of the "classical" era, are stupendous achievements, no doubt some of the pinnacles of Beethoven's compositions, a group already studded with numerous works of his genius.

There are numerous sets of the complete recording cycles of Beethoven's piano concertos, many of which are superb in their own right. For example, Alfred Brendel's recording cycle of the pieces should be in most any Beethoven collection, and Murray Perahia's recordings of the same are a "no brainer" to recommend to virtually anyone. Both of these performers, having established themselves through decades of critically acclaimed performance, are considered "premier" performers, and a simple listen to either of them easily confirms these appellations. Don't miss out on either of them.
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