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Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4 & 5

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
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Notes & Reviews:

This is Till Fellner's first recording with orchestra on ECM and is sure to garner critical attention. Beethoven marks the center of Fellner's current repertoire. His complete cycle of the 32 piano sonatas is still running in New York and Washington, DC. This is a perfectly balanced modern interpretation full of natural elasticity, which sheds new lights on the musical character of Beethoven's middle period. Starting with the concerto no. 4, Beethoven attributes a greater role to the orchestra in its relationship with the featured instrument, creating concertos that are considered genuine solo instrumental symphonies - the performances here of both concerti are marked by utmost clarity and serene beauty.

"Words are inadequate to describe the sheer joy I experienced at listening to this disc. I'd long ago abandoned hope of ever hearing Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto played as I've heard it in my head, and as it is played here... It's still early in the season, but this release will definitely be in the running for my 1010 Want List, and it deserves to be on every reader's list for "Concerto Recording of the Year." A stunning achievement by all involved." -Fanfare

"Till Fellner, always among the more quietly celebrated pianists, includes Alfred Brendel among his mentors and together with Kent Nagano and the Montreal SO gives us two of the most supremely satisfying performances of both these concertos on record. This is a dream partnership with soloist and conductor working hand-in-glove, and even when you conjure with so many glorious names in such core repertoire (from Schnabel to Lupu) you will rarely hear playing of such an enviable, unimpeded musical grace and fluency.

Fellner surely belongs among that elite who Charles Rosen so memorably defined as those who, while they appear to do nothing, achieve everything. His playing is subtly rather than ostentatiously coloured and inflected, and if others might be thought more vivid or personal, Fellner's and Nagano's ease and naturalness always allow Beethoven his own voice.

Fellner's still small voice of calm in the Fourth Concerto's central Andante con moto is one among many glories, and if many of us are looking ahead to Paul Lewis's forthcoming cycle of the complete concertos, and also to a possible recording by Maria João Pires, whose performances have been universally admired, even they will be hard pressed to equal let alone surpass Fellner's Olympian mastery. Some biographical reminders and a total timing would have been helpful but balance and sound are pleasingly natural and this memorable issue is crowned with a short but intriguing essay by Paul Griffiths." - Gramophone Awards, 2010 / Concerto nominee

Gramophone Magazine
This is a dream partnership with soloist and conductor working hand-in-glove...you will rarely hear playing of such an enviable, unimpeded musical grace and fluency....Fellner's and Nagano's ease and naturalness always allow Beethoven his own voice.

The Telegraph
Till Fellner's stature in the Viennese classical repertoire has always been distinguished by his poise, discretion, intellectual concentration and focused energy, facets that emanate from this coupling of Beethoven's Fourth and Fifth piano concertos.

BBC Music Magazine
These are superlative performances of these extremely familiar works...The give and take between Fellner and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra is uncanny, in that they seem to be questioning or replying to one another as if only two individuals were concerned.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Montréal (05/2008/11/2008).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
  • Performer: Till Fellner (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Running Time: 33 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1805-1806

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
  • Performer: Till Fellner (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Running Time: 38 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1809