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Alfred Brendel, Chicago CO, James Levine - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983) 3CD, Remastered 1997

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Alfred Brendel, Chicago CO, James Levine - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983) 3CD, Remastered 1997

Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983) 3CD, Remastered 1997
Alfred Brendel, piano; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Levine

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 725 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 402 Mb | Scans ~ 29 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 456 045-2 | Time: 02:54:44

Recorded live in 1983, Alfred Brendel's third go-round with these works drastically improves on his previous Beethoven concerto cycles. He finds a calmer, more direct route to the Emperor Concerto, although the Fourth's first movement is still pock-marked with finicky phrase adjustments that pull focus from the music's poetic arcs. Levine provides sympathetic and alert support, yet is much more than a mere deferential accompanist.

Review by Jed Distler

Although Alfred Brendel goes on at length about the textural improvements in his liner notes to his cycle of Beethoven's piano concertos with James Levine conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the real reason to get this recording is to hear the acoustical improvements in the sound. In the original 1983 edition, Philips' early digital sound was harsh, hard, glassy, glossy, and very ugly. In this 1997 edition, Philips' digital remastering is clean, clear, lucid, pellucid, and very beautiful. But despite Brendel's assertions to the contrary, the textural improvements don't make that much difference. He claims that the opening movement of the Concerto in C minor should be much slower, but it's no slower than any other performance. He claims that the central movement of the Concerto in E flat should be faster, but it's no faster than any other performance. As for the performances themselves, Brendel is often very good – his G major and the central movement of the E flat major are quite beautiful – and Levine and the Chicago are often quite mediocre – their C major and B flat concertos are far too forceful and the outer movements of their Concerto in E flat are far too ugly. Although it is certainly worth it to hear Brendel at his most poetic, it is hardly worth it to hear Levine and the Chicago at its most plebeian.

Review by James Leonard, Allmusic.com

Alfred Brendel, Chicago CO, James Levine - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983) 3CD, Remastered 1997



Alfred Brendel, Chicago CO, James Levine - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983) 3CD, Remastered 1997



Alfred Brendel, Chicago CO, James Levine - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983) 3CD, Remastered 1997



Tracklist:

CD1:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op.15
01. I. Allegro con brio (17:24)
02. II. Largo (11:41)
03. III. Rondo: Allegro scherzando (08:54)

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op.19
04. I. Allegro con brio (13:56)
05. II. Adagio (09:06)
06. III. Rondo: Molto allegro (05:57)

CD2:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op.37
01. I. Allegro con brio (17:08)
02. II. Largo (10:01)
03. III. Rondo: Allegro (09:15)

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op.58
04. I. Allegro moderato (17:38)
05. II. Andante con moto (04:45)
06. III. Rondo: Vivace (09:55)

CD3:

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op.73
01. I. Allegro (20:49)
02. II. Adagio un poco mosso (08:01)
03. III. Rondo: Allegro (10:11)


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Alfred Brendel, Chicago CO, James Levine - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983) 3CD, Remastered 1997

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