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Beethoven: The Piano Concertos / Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
>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
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"A transatlantic superstar, one half of the classical music world's most golden ever couple... Daniel Barenboim nevertheless maintains a work schedule that takes him all over the world. Both a pianist and conductor, he says simply, 'I like to work and I live variety.'" - BBC In celebration of his 65th birthday in 2007, Daniel Barenboim completed a cycle of Beethoven's piano concertos. Recorded live at the prestigious Klavier-Festival Ruhr, this DVD reflects both a very individualistic reading of Beethoven's music and the artist's life-long dedication to the composer.

Fanfare
There is glorious, rich string sound - as always exemplified by the Staatskapelle Berlin, with which the conductor recorded Beethoven's nine symphonies a few years back - while the burnished wind sound and really emphatic timpani only add to the spice.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 198 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1



Reviews

Barenboim gives solid performances of all five concertos
These performances of Daniel Barenboim leading his ensemble, Staatskapelle Berlin, from the piano are from the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum, Germany in May 2007. This is an industrial-looking venue, which didn't really seem to fit the music. Regardless, the performances are terrific. Barenboim conducts and plays beautifully. A slow push in on 3:I shows intensity in Barenboim's profile, and a close up of his hands on 3:II accentuates his virtuosity.

The cameras on stage are unobtrusive, and the visuals are crisp. The sound is clean, and the strings in particular have a very warm sound. Highly recommended.
Submitted on 07/30/12 by mwilcox15 
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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1788-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1805-1806

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1809