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Beethoven: Piano Concertos no 2 & 3 / Guy, Jordan, et al

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> Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 - I. Allegro con brio
> Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 - II. Adagio
> Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 - III. Rondo: Molto allegro
> Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 - I. Allegro con brio
> Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 - II. Largo
> Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 - III. Rondo: Allegro

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine
What a joy his performances are. Brilliant and direct in the finest French tradition, they are also alive with passing felicitiesà In the Second Concerto Guy's exuberances and poetry go hand in hand. àin the Third Concertoà both he and Jordan take a qualified view of Beethoven's con brio, conveying an atmosphere of foreboding, of minor-key unease resolved in an inward-looking Largo where everything is experienced afresh.

BBC Music Magazine
These warm and meticulously detailed performances find Frantois-FrTdTric Guy and Philippe Jordan taking the opening movement of the C minor Third Concerto at a steady four-to-the-bar tempo that allows them to give full weight to the march-like main theme, and especially its repeated-rhythm tail-end (memorably transferred to the timpani in the closing moments). ... altogether impressive accounts, with Guy giving an imposing rendition of the grandiose cadenza that Beethoven supplied for No. 2 a full decade after he'd completed the work... Warmly recommended, even to those who already own several versions of these much-recorded works.



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