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Piano Concertos no. 2, op. 134 Paino Concert no. 1, op. 71

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Should be reissued March 25 2005
By HB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I know what you may be thinking. Is this writer okay in the head. We already have plenty of Beethoven concerto sets.

But this set, though not the very best, should certainly be made available. I bought it many years ago for 10 dollars. At that price, you cannot beat the quality. First of all the sound is very smooth and rich. Secondly, the performances are live. The Berlin Symphony plays extremely well. The piano playing is crisp; Mr. Han's fingerwork is exceptional. These are very lyrical performances and always satisfying. Beethoven can always be played in different ways and sometimes you want to hear a gentler, kinder Beethoven. This set is for those times.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Warm March 7 2009
By David Saemann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I first listened to this set, I thought it was underinterpreted. Now that I've had it a number of years and have listened to it again, I find that it has very solid virtues. I should note, though, that there seems to be a bad edit in the first movement of the Emperor. I can't say this for sure, but something just feels wrong. Otherwise, the production values of this set are excellent. The recordings stem from live performances in Amsterdam's famous Concertgebouw, and as you might expect from that venue, the sound engineering is full and warm, just lacking a little bit of transparency. The orchestra plays very well, with a relaxed, woody tone that used to be typical of German orchestras. Paul Freeman's accompaniments are unfailingly musical and well matched to the soloist. As for Derek Han, he plays with beautiful tone and spectacular articulation. Unlike some pianists, he never muscles his way through these works. The first two Concertos respond well to this approach, with a Classical style bounce to the phrasing. Han is relaxed and gentle in the Third Concerto, a truly unique reading. The Fourth benefits greatly from Han's clear passagework, and is perhaps the highlight of the set. The Emperor goes well, too, with a jaunty exuberance. The filler of the Eroica Variations is well done, if lacking the last bit of individuality. Derek Han is something of a cult figure among pianophiles, and listening to this set one can hear why.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Worthwhile for its Conductor Nov. 17 2004
By John Atherton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When this set next becomes available I assume it will be inexpensive; still, there are plenty of other bargain-priced Beethoven concertos (Kempff, Fleisher, et al.), so the competition is stiff.

Derek Han plays well, but his somewhat neutral approach is better suited to Mozart, which he also recorded complete with Maestro Paul Freeman. Once again Freeman is the star. How is this conductor not better known? His approach is anything but idiosynchratic or even flamboyant, yet you never doubt that a major personality is leading these performances. The freshness comes as no surprise, since Freeman has recorded so much new music. The set is worth buying for his contribution alone.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Tracks are... June 4 2006
By 1stVideo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
1. Mozart Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 26 in D, K 517 "Coronation" 1: Larghetto

2. L. Von Beethoven Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 4 in G, OP. 58 (cont.) 2. Rondo Vivace

3. S. Rachmaninoff Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 2 in C Minor OP 18 3: Moderato

4. F. Chopin for piano & orchestra No. 1 4: Romanza (larghetto)

5. P.I. Tchaikovski concerto for piano & orchestra No. 1 in B flat minor 5: Allegro con fuoco

6. W. A. Mozart concerto for piano & orchestra No. 21 in C, K 467 6 Andante used for the film Elvira Madigan -- Concerto for piano & orchestra in E Flat K. 365 7: Allegro

Radio Orchestra Berlin Cond. by Franz Richter, Berlin Symphonic Orchestra Cond. by Ferdinand Lang - Piano Bernd Ahlert, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra Cond. by Zoltan Kovats - Piano Bernd Ahlert

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