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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 Original recording remastered
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Please dear responsibles at Sony Classical: what about the other three Fleisher/Szell Beethoven Concertos? What about a complete Leon Fleisher anthology since we're at it?
- Beethoven/Fleisher; Szell, CO: Piano Cto. 3 (1961) - Epic/Sony
- Beethoven/Rubinstein; Leinsdorf, BSO: Piano Cto. 3 (1967) - RCA
- Beethoven/Solomon; Menges, LPO: Piano Cto. 3 (1956, cadenza by Clara Schumann) - HMV/Testament
- Beethoven/Schnabel; Sargent, LPO: Piano Cto. 3 (1932) - HMV/Pearl & Naxos
- Beethoven/Gould; Karajan, BPO: Piano Cto. 3 (Berlin 1957) - SFB-RBB/Sony
[Beethoven/Arrau; Klemperer, PO: Piano Cto. 3 (London 1955) - BBC/Testament]
[Beethoven/Arrau; Davis, SD: Piano Cto. 3 (1987) - Philips]
[Beethoven/Solomon; Boult, BBCSO: Piano Cto.Read more ›
The 3rd Piano Concerto is as heroic as the 3rd symphony.
I have heard many other artists. But Fleischer has always stood
out as the most awe-inspiring. None match his performance of
the 3rd Piano Concerto. Listen just to the beginning and
you will see I am right. But listen to the showering trills,
too. What joy. I am very grateful to be be able to get in digital
format so many years later.
For many pianists, Beethoven the classicist becomes an excuse for cautious underplaying, constantly pulling the music back to the world of Haydn. That's not true here. Fleisher remains powerful and large-scaled almost all the time. He doesn't tiptoe. Yet at the same time, he practices a good deal of restraint. Just listen to the "Daniel in the lion's den" slow movement of the Fourth Concerto, or the finale of the same work. Fleisher plays with delicacy and finesse--a trifle too much of both for me--and reduces rubato to a discreet minimum.
My ideal in the Beethoven concertos is Edwin Fischer, Arthur Schnabel, the young Gilels, and Rudolf Serkin. They all combine romanticism and power with Fleisher's great alertness and superb musicality. In the end, these are five-star performances if you are tuned into them more than I am.
I would also recommend EMI's "Great Recording's of the Century' series and the DG Originals series if you want to compare these famous recordings with other notable recordings from previous decades. Ashkenazy with George Solti might also be another version worth looking into, but Fleisher is still the best of the bunch and this CD can be had for budget pricing if you look around.
Otto Klemperer / Daniel Barneboim made a notable recording of all 5 concertos, which I Have on CD, but I still come back to the Fleisher / Szell combo for its precision, balance and technical qualities.
Superb precision from the Cleveland Orchestra combined with the piano skills of Leon Fleisher show why these great performances still gets rave reviews decades later.
Sony originally released cds back in the 1990's, they had all 5 piano concertos by Szell / Cleveland / Fleisher, combined with the tripple concerto (Ormandy / Rose/ Stern / Philadelphia), but those discs are out of print. The previous cd incarnation had concteros 3 and 4 on seperate cd's, with the 1 and 2 throw in, but this version puts 3 and 4 on the same disc.Read more ›
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Virtuoso Fleishman is wonder full in his rendition of Beethovrn's concertii.Smooth playing with dexterity. A must have for Beethoven aficionadosPublished 3 months ago by Kamaljit singh
These are generally regarded as among the best available, However, I find the speed just a tiny bit too fast, especially in #4. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon user
While I agree a little with Santa Fe Listener, the overwhelming perfection (yes sometimes in a too clinical way) of this rendition has to deserve 5 stars. Read morePublished on February 2, 2013 by scholarboy
These piano concertos are among a handful of the world's finest in my opinion. Six more words were required, so.Published on December 19, 2012 by Richard A. Frederick