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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 'Emperor' / Nelson Freire; Riccardo Chailly

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The first recorded collaboration between the great Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire and Italian maestro Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester since their highly acclaimed Gramophone Recording of the Year, the two Brahms piano concertos, in 2007, which went on to win multiple awards.

This is the start of a complete concerto cycle from this award winning partnership with a conductor highly acclaimed for his Beethoven interpretations.

Nelson first performed the concerto for the first time when he was 12, in 1957.

The concerto is paired alongside the C minor Piano Sonata no. 32, the composer's last.

Financial Times, 13th September 2014
Nelson Freire and Riccardo Chailly banish the pompous air and replace it with a fresh, keen atmosphere.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2014
Freire's Op. 111 is strong on thrusting narrative; rather vaguer when it comes to those physical and metaphysical elements which a Schnabel, an Arrau or a Pollini identify and define.

New York Times, 18th December 2014
Two different styles clash here, but work themselves out. Mr. Freire is almost self-effacing at times, extreme at others: Mr. Chailly and his orchestra are lean and full of bite. The Opus 111 sonata is Mr. Freire at his best, too, in playing full of danger and, ultimately, repose.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2015
Freire loves the Gewandhaus Orchestra, and hearing them on this form one can understand why...All told it makes for a satisfying account of Beethoven's leonine work. The evident rapport between Freire and Chailly is especially evident in the superb confrontation at the climax of the first movement.


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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Ensemble: Gewandhausorchester
  • Notes: Gewandhaus zu Leipzig (03/05/2014-03/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1809

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
  • Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Notes: 02/21/2014-02/23/2014
  • Running Time: 24 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822