Beethoven - Piano Concerto no.4, Symphonies 3 & 7, Coriolan Overture
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Label: Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or
Cat No: C901162B
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 27th May 2016
WorksCoriolan Overture, op.62
Piano Concerto no.4 in G major, op.58
Symphony no.3 in E flat major, op.55 'Eroica'
Symphony no.7 in A major, op.92
ArtistsWilhelm Backhaus (piano)
On this new double CD we can hear both a complete concert given in the Musikverein in Vienna on 17 January 1954 – with the Coriolan Overture, the Fourth Piano Concerto and the Seventh Symphony – and the Third Symphony from a concert at the same venue, given on 17 February 1962. In the unheroic G major Piano Concerto, Knappertsbusch’s partner is his contemporary Wilhelm Backhaus, who was famous for his Beethoven, but who at the same time possessed an individual “objectivity” and a legendary virtuosity that doubly refutes the clichés about “typically German” musicians. In this context, the commentator Gottfried Kraus recalls visiting Backhaus’s apartment in Salzburg, where the pianist spoke of his lifelong struggle to play the problematic lyrical chords at the opening of this Concerto. In the third movement, we are also wrenched from our customary listening habits by an unknown cadenza – and then cast back, bewildered, onto the well-known, yet seemingly new paths of the Concerto once again.
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