Beethoven - Piano Concertos 1 & 2 | Naxos 8551447

Beethoven - Piano Concertos 1 & 2

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8551447

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 12th February 2021

Contents

Artists

Igor Levit (piano)
Xiaohan Wang (piano)
Kolner Kammerorchester

Conductor

Helmut Muller-Bruhl

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Piano Concerto no.1 in C major, op.15
Piano Concerto no.2 in B flat major, op.19

Artists

Igor Levit (piano)
Xiaohan Wang (piano)
Kolner Kammerorchester

Conductor

Helmut Muller-Bruhl

About

Igor Levit made his recording debut with a performance of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto when he was 20 years old, long before he became a superstar of the classical music world and a major interpreter of Beethoven’s music. The occasion was part of the series Das Meisterwerk (‘The Masterpiece’), in which Levit was accompanied by the superb Cologne Chamber Orchestra conducted by Helmut Müller-Brühl. Evidence of what was to become the hallmark of Levit’s Beethoven style, not least his distinctive fingering technique, is already apparent in this performance, in which the youthful spirits of both composer and performer are well matched. Performed in Cologne’s Philharmonic Hall, it is the only commercially available recording to feature Levit with orchestra.

The album also contains a performance of Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto, with Xiaohan Wang as soloist. Both artists had secured this special performance opportunity as semi-finalists in the 2005 International Beethoven Competition Bonn.

Recorded live in 2007, these performances celebrate the recording debuts of young talented artists who are laureates of the Beethoven Competition in Bonn, Germany. Each artist performs one of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos, and this disc of the First and Second Piano Concertos features Igor Levit (recipient of the International Beethoven Prize in 2019) and Xiaohan Wang, respectively.

Upcoming releases will feature Henri Sigfridsson (Third Concerto), Norie Takahashi (Fourth Concerto) and David Kadouch (Fifth Concerto, ‘Emperor’).

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