Beethoven - Piano Concertos 1 & 2
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Cat No: BIS2078
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 31st March 2017
WorksPiano Concerto no.1 in C major, op.15
Piano Concerto no.2 in B flat major, op.19
ArtistsYevgeny Sudbin (piano)
For the final disc in their cycle, Sudbin and Vänskä have travelled to Helsinki to team up with Tapiola Sinfonietta, one of the top Nordic ensembles, and well suited for these earlier and more classical of Beethoven’s concertos. Of the two, the one we now know as the Second was actually begun several years before Concerto No.1, and indeed even before Beethoven left Bonn for Vienna. During the following decade, Beethoven returned to the score repeatedly and made substantial revisions – including composing a new final movement – and ultimately the C major Concerto reached publication first. Both concertos were conceived long before Beethoven’s involvement with the symphonic genre, and the influence of Mozart and Haydn is evident in the interaction between the orchestra and the soloist – but Beethoven’s individual spirit is nevertheless unmistakeable.
“... the marriage of strength in exposition and sensitivity in accompaniment is more or less beyond compare.” - Gramophone, May 2014 (BIS1978)
“Sudbin brings delicacy and crystalline articulation to these concertos, creating a sense of classical grace rather than romantic scale...” - Financial Times **** (BIS1758)
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