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Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos / Paul Lewis

Audio Samples

>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"

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"
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Notes & Reviews:

The Times
Lewis isn't a "look at me" pianist. No barnstorming rage; no cute puppy antics. His simple goal is to get inside the music and propel it outwards, heart and soul, letting it speak without hindrance...Belohlávek shapes the orchestra's contribution with almost as much care...Here is high-quality music-making, subtle but authoritative, made to last.

The Telegraph
Beethoven's spectrum of utterance in this concerto canon, broadened further in the Fourth and Fifth, is something of which this set makes you supremely aware. This is a superb set in which Lewis asserts his own inspiring voice together with his mature insight into Beethoven's creative mind.

Gramophone Magazine
Lewis's partnership with Jiri Belohlávek is an ideal match of musical feeling, vigour and refinement...Throughout the cycle Lewis is enviably and naturally true to his own distinctive lights, his unassuming but shining musicianship always paramount...you return refreshed and with a renewed sense of Beethoven's range and beauty...This is a cycle to live with and revisit.

BBC Music Magazine
This new set of the Beethoven concertos is interestingly different in emphasis, in that whereas I had previously thought of Lewis as primarily a thoughtful, searching player...these accounts score more strongly on extroversion, combativeness vis-a-vis the lively accompaniments of the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Jiri Belohlávek, and even mischief.

International Record Review
Lewis's handling of the solo parts is refreshing, imaginative and responsive to the shifting moods of the music in these concertos, as well as technically impeccable.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: AIR Studios (11/2009); London, Maida Vale Studios (11/2009); AIR Studios (2009-07-??&2009-11-??&2010-); London, Maida Vale Studios (2009-07-??&2009-11-??&2010-).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
  • Performer: Paul Lewis (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Notes: AIR Studios (11/2009); London, Maida Vale Studios (11/2009); AIR Studios (2009-07-??&2009-11-??&2010-); London, Maida Vale Studios (2009-07-??&2009-11-??&2010-)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
  • Performer: Paul Lewis (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Notes: AIR Studios (11/2009); London, Maida Vale Studios (11/2009); AIR Studios (2009-07-??&2009-11-??&2010-); London, Maida Vale Studios (2009-07-??&2009-11-??&2010-)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1788-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  • Performer: Paul Lewis (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Notes: AIR Studios (11/2009); London, Maida Vale Studios (11/2009); AIR Studios (2009-07-??&2009-11-??&2010-); London, Maida Vale Studios (2009-07-??&2009-11-??&2010-)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1800-1803

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
  • Performer: Paul Lewis (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Notes: AIR Studios (11/2009); London, Maida Vale Studios (11/2009); AIR Studios (2009-07-??&2009-11-??&2010-); London, Maida Vale Studios (2009-07-??&2009-11-??&2010-)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1805-1806

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
  • Performer: Paul Lewis (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Notes: AIR Studios (11/2009); London, Maida Vale Studios (11/2009); AIR Studios (2009-07-??&2009-11-??&2010-); London, Maida Vale Studios (2009-07-??&2009-11-??&2010-)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1809