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Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 4 / Maria João Pires, piano; Swedish Radio SO, Daniel Harding

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The first movement of 3 is a little on the slow side, with most of the sparks generated by the orchestra's forceful timpanist. Pires contributes some lovely playing in II, and the final movement has both soloist and ensemble at their sprightly best. Daniel Harding's orchestra dominates in Onyx's sonic picture; the acoustic is a quite natural..

Gramophone Magazine, October 2014
Never for a moment does she over-reach herself or force pace and sonority...Few pianists have ever been more true to their own lights and it is hardly surprising that her many performances of this concerto in London and elsewhere have become the stuff of legends...It is my dearest wish that this will become a complete cycle.

Classical Music
Pires' first disc for Onyx is something very special. This is playing of great poise and depth...Harding coaxes lithe, transparent playing from his Swedish colleagues - there's an almost 'period' feel.

MusicWeb International, 20th October 2014
Pires' fingers caress the keys gently in the first movement [of No. 4] and dance over them playfully in the finale, turning her style to suit every phrase and mood...This disc was both exhilarating and enlightening to listen to. Let's hope there is more on the way.

The Times, 18th July 2014
She's recording the third and fourth piano concertos for the first time - and playing them with such unaffected simplicity that you always feel the notes speaking, never the pianist herself. Turbulent emotions, grandiose gestures and winking gaiety arrive as they should, yet nothing is pushed to extremes.

The Telegraph, 31st July 2014
The Swedish orchestra's strength, subtlety and sonority establish a good foundation and foil for Pires's performances here. That wonderfully rounded, opalescent tone that her touch invariably produces is coupled with the insight, poetic sensibility and discreet life-giving force that come from years of experience.

On her début release for Onyx, the great pianist Maria João Pires performs two Beethoven concertos she has played often, but never before recorded. After giving concerts in Stockholm last October, she went directly into the studio with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and this remarkable recording is the result. These are performances of such passion, poetry and drama - Beethoven as he should sound, just as if you are hearing these great concertos for the first time. In the booklet, Pires has provided a personal note on her approach to these works.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Berwaldhalle, Stockholm (10/09/2013-10/11/2013).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  • Performer: Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 36 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1800-1803

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
  • Performer: Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Running Time: 34 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1805-1806