Piano Concertos 1-5 Complete Box set
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|1. Piano Concerto No. 1 In C Major, Op. 15: I. Allegro con brio|
|2. Piano Concerto No. 1 In C Major, Op. 15: II. Largo|
|3. Piano Concerto No. 1 In C Major, Op. 15: III. Rondo: Allegro|
|4. Six Bagatelles, Op. 126: I. Andante Con Moto, Cantabile E Compiacevole|
|5. Six Bagatelles, Op. 126: II. Allegro|
|6. Six Bagatelles, Op. 126: III. Andante, Cantabile E Grazioso|
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|1. Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 37: I. Allegro con brio|
|2. Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 37: II. Largo|
|3. Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 37: III. Rondo: Allegro|
|4. Piano Concerto No. 4 In G Major, Op. 58: I. Allegro moderato|
|5. Piano Concerto No. 4 In G Major, Op. 58: II. Andante con moto|
|6. Piano Concerto No. 4 In G Major, Op. 58: III. Rondo: Vivace|
|1. Piano Concerto No. 5 In E Flat Major, Op. 73: I. Allegro|
|2. Piano Concerto No. 5 In E Flat Major, Op. 73: II. Adagio un poco mosso|
|3. Piano Concerto No. 5 In E Flat Major, Op. 73: III. Rondo: Allegro|
|4. Piano Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Major, Op. 19: I. Allegro con brio|
|5. II. Adagio: 2. Adagio|
|6. Piano Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Major, Op. 19: III. Rondo: Molto allegro|
the piano concertos 1-5 (concerti per pianoforte completi) [classica]vladimir ashkenazy (artista) | formato: audio cd---disco 1ascolta 30''1.1. allegro con brioascolta2.2. largoascolta3.3. rondo (allegro scherzando)ascolta4.1. andante con motoascolta5.2. allegroascolta6.3. andanteascolta7.4. prestoascolta8.5. quasi allegrettoascolta9.6. presto - andante amabile e con motoascolta10.bagatelle in a minor, woo 59 -"fr elise"ascoltadisco 2ascolta 30''1.1. allegro con brioascolta2.2. largoascolta3.3. rondo (allegro)ascolta4.1. allegro moderatoascolta5.2. andante con motoascolta6.3. rondo (vivace)ascoltadisco 3ascolta 30''1.1. allegroascolta2.2. adagio un poco mossoascolta3.3. rondo (allegro)ascolta4.1. allegro con brioascolta5.2. adagioascolta6.3. rondo (molto allegro)ascolta
Each of these performances has its own profile. The orchestra plays incisively in the First Concerto, but Ashkenazy's plush lyricism doesn't make a good match either with the orchestra or with the music, and he makes one weird ritard in the first movement. The Second Concerto is uneventful, rather bland and pleasant. The Third Concerto seems to be the best performance of the lot, with dramatic playing by soloist and orchestra, but it's sabotaged by blurry recorded sound, the only serious problem with sound quality in the entire set. The Fourth Concerto is enlivened, at least intellectually, by Solti's approach, constantly revealing interesting unfamiliar details in the orchestral score. Ashkenazy's detachment makes this a frosty but fascinating experience. The "Emperor" is a good routine performance, nothing special. The Bagatelles aren't much of a bonus, since they're rather dully played. (Why not the "Choral" Fantasy?) There's nothing actively bad about this set, and it's reasonably priced. But Beethoven deserves better, and gets it from many performers, including the fascinating Uchida-Sanderling collaborations. --Leslie Gerber
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Even at a bargain price, this set really isn't worth it, especially when so many sets are being remastered and reissued at bargain-basement prices. I've never understood Solti's reputation, other than as a pedantic. For all his incessant talk about divining meaning from the score and plumbing the depths, I rarely find a lot of insight in his interpretations. Often he and the CSO were just full and loud, at least on record (I never got to hear them live), and that's mostly the result here. Not recommended.
But these performances, having all the power and excitement of the later Chicago Symphony recordings, also have warmth, love, and sweetness. Ashkenazy too was at his peak in these recordings. His later cycle, in Cleveland, lacks the bite and depth of involvement that you can find here.
If you want a capsule summary of the performance philosophy of these performances, it is easy to describe: they are unapologetically romantic. In my opinion, the Third and Fourth concertos are particularly fine. Both Ashkenazy and Solti find exactly the right combination of power and beauty in both works, and the quality of the performances is further emphasized by the gorgeous sound.
And speaking of sound, those who believe that a recording has to be DDD in order to have state-of-the-art sound need to listen to these recordings. The subsequent digital recordings of these works that I have heard are all comparatively cold and clinical.
I consider it unfortunate that in the last 25 years music has been more of an intellectual or historical exercise than an emotional experience or an appreciation of beauty. But back in the 70s when this was recorded, Solti and Ashkenazy had not been infected by those negative trends.
Looking at the individual concertos, I have a slight preference for Richter's recording of the First and the Serkin/Bernstein recording of the "Emperor" (Fifth). But if you want a complete set of outstanding performances of all five Beethoven concertos, I don't think there is another set that comes close to these.
For those on a budget, I would recommend Szell / Fleisher, or the recent bargain re-release of the Brendel / Levine set instead. At about the same price (or even slightly cheaper), they are both much better sets all around.
Most recent customer reviews
Ashkenazy did impress me with a fine performance of the concertos. I cannot say much about the organization of the CDs - Concerto 5 before Concerto 2 - but all in all a good set.Published on June 23 2014 by Joe Garnel
The sound is just fine to me--typical Decca sound of the period, with a nice bloom on the strings, and just enough resonance. Read morePublished on July 11 2012 by Rogue Classicist
I've always loved Beethoven's music, but when I heard the piano concertos, especially #5, I was blown away. It is far and away my favourite piece of music.Published on June 2 2011 by Pierre Alexander Emond
After purchasing Ashkenazy's complete set of the Mozart concertos, I decided to get this one of the Beethoven concertos. Read morePublished on May 15 2004 by Prescott Cunningham Moore
This is a good set of the piano concertos. However, the main problem is in the Fifth (Emperor): the second movement is extremely slow and faltering. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2004
This is a good set of the piano concertos. However, the main problem is in the Fifth (Emperor): the second movement is extremely slow and faltering. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2003
I agree with those who've given this set of Beethoven piano concerti high praise. Rarely have I've heard Ashkenazy play with such warmth and enthusiasm and Solti and the Chicago... Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2001 by John Kwok
These are wonderful performances of Beethoven's piano concertos. Based on the positive reviews and the high sales rank, a lot of people agree that there is not much wrong with this... Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2001 by R.D. Monsoon
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