Notes & Reviews:
Following her much-talked-about sonata cycle, Mari Kodama recorded the first two piano concertos of Ludwig van Beethoven with her husband Kent Nagano and the Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin, and critics and connoisseurs were once again impressed by the synthesis of precision and elegance. The next chapter in this unfolding story can be heard on the latest release on the Berlin Classics label. It begins with the joyful Triple Concerto in C major, in which the pianist and her solo partners Kolja Blacher and Johannes Moser display their concerted talents in a lively conversation that also makes room for heartfelt trio intimacy. The next work is Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto, in the "tragic" key of C minor, which Kodama executes with passion, free of ballast, charged with all the more depth and beauty. It need hardly be added that Kent Nagano and the DSO follow her in perfect harmony. The pugnacious merriment of the minor-key close to the finale brings this CD, which has shown us every facet of the Beethovenian cosmos, to a satisfying conclusion.
An unequalled combination of Japanese precision, Occidental single-mindedness, and slinky, almost cat-like suppleness.
Fanfare Magazine, November/December 2012
The Triple Concerto is well played, with one of today's leading cellists, Johannes Moser, standing out for his exceptional beauty of tone. With so many excellent versions of these two Beethoven concertos competing for your favor, unless you're a dedicated fan of one or more of the artists on this disc, I'd say this is one you can take.
American Record Guide, March / April 2013
Often presented as a showpiece for the soloists, here its affinity to chamber music is emphasized and in a respectful performance that pretty much lets the music speak for itself. It's quite winning in its own way.
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Works DetailsBeethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto"
- Performers: Kolja Blacher (Violin); Mari Kodama (Piano); Johannes Moser (Cello)
- Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (02/09/2010-02/10/2010)
- Running Time: 34 min. sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Written: 1803-1804
Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
- Performer: Mari Kodama (Piano)
- Conductor: Kent Nagano
- Ensemble: Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin
- Notes: Siemensvilla, Berlin-Lichterfelde (11/09/2006-11/10/2006)
- Running Time: 35 min. 22 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Concerto
- Written: 1800-1803