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Con Pno 5/Fant Pno/Chorus/Orch Import

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 14 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B0000D1FLE
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1. Allegro
2. Adagio Un Poco Mosso
3. Rondo (Allegro)
4. Fantasia For Piano, Chorus And Orchestra In C Minor, Op. 80

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa50be27c) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa20b62a0) out of 5 stars Not bad. Aug. 31 2011
By Steve Schwartz, Austin - Published on
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There are *lots* of Beethoven "Emperors" out there, many with the greatest pianists and orchestras of the century. The range of Beethoven interpretation is incredibly wide. You wouldn't want just one interpretation of a major work, because there really isn't a "best." Each excellent or even very good interpretation tells us something new about Beethoven the composer. Since I have a lot of "Emperors," I admit I probably wouldn't have bought this CD, had it not been for the fact that I'm a Cleveland Orchestra groupie. For me, it's by far the finest orchestra I've ever heard, and I'm not just saying that because I was born in Cleveland (although, I admit, it helps). Still, I was pleasantly surprised by Ashkenazy, whose Beethoven I could take or leave alone. Technically, of course, I can't complain, but I liked Ashkenazy's alertness to the drama of the score, balanced by the chamber-like clarity and electricity of the orchestra. Is it better than Gilels/Szell, Barenboim/Klemperer, Barenboim/Barenboim, Cliburn/Reiner, Curzon/Knappertsbusch, etc.? Probably not, but it's still a fine account, well worth listening to. At this late date, after decades of trying, I can probably say that I will never like the Choral Fantasy, so I won't say anything else here.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa20b69cc) out of 5 stars Great great work. Beethoven at his best ! Dec 23 2012
By Laurence J. Noble - Published on
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HASH(0xa20b6af8) out of 5 stars Wonderful, inspiring music May 31 2014
By Madeline A. Ashley - Published on
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I've played this CD over and over and don't get tired of it--it is well done. I usually prefer Mozart but this Beethoven is on my list for being very beautiful.
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HASH(0xa124f654) out of 5 stars Beethoven Fantasy Nov. 1 2013
By Julia Adams - Published on
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A beautiful work not well known but one that sheds light on the more famous Ninth Symphony which is what was my special interest.
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HASH(0xa2f42a20) out of 5 stars Exhilarated on the playground May 24 2008
By C. Collins - Published on
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This is a very good recording of Beethoven's Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra. It is large and yet personal. It is emotional but never dark. It is sometimes described as 'imperfect' and 'ambitious' but it is a grand achievement for piano, orchestra and chorus in a work that prefigures the larger 9th Symphony. The best terms to use is that the piece is highly compelling with its range of high contrasts between the grandly flamboyant and the triumphal heroic. It is both sweetly lyrical and simply naturally reflective at other times. Beginning with the solo piano in a deep and slow passage we hear hints of spring and ask 'where is it going?' The royal warm French horns call our attention to the first presentation of the primary theme of the composition before we are treated to playful variations of the theme through a series of chamber music like solos by flute, clarinets, oboe, and violin where each section of the orchestra is clearly heard as well as presenting several variations of the primary theme to the listener. Then with the addition of the piano, the themes remain clear, and are perfectly complimented by the orchestra for our sense of discrimination seems heightened at this point as if he has employed a pedagogical strategy to sharpen our listening. The piece is windy, flamboyant, and actually thrilling at this point. It keeps my ears on my toes. It becomes fully and yet briefly a rich tapestry of variation and play between piano and orchestra.

By this point Beethoven has you. Tensions continue to build around the main theme and repetition ensures that the theme is now internalized in the listener's sternum.
He fluctuates from the grand theme to considered passages that are pensive in the way we are lightly meditative when strolling on a perfect day, slowly moving up and down the scales of the keyboard.

The final passages brings us back to the primary theme, its grand uplifting power becoming richer with each refrain and each time the composition returns to re-examine the rousing heroic archetype that Beethoven captured.

Listening to this piece is delightful for one voluntarily places oneself in the roller coaster of playful variations upon variations. Like a child that refuses to come in from the playground, the work lingers, and then also like a child with short attention, jumps to another variation, the essence of artistic adult play.

Vocal soloists and chorus come in playing a role similar to the solo instruments and orchestra in earlier passages until in combined grandeur the chorus bites into the main theme perfectly complimented first by violins and flutes and then by the piano. Not allowed to come to completion, the chorus and orchestra rise to faux terminus several times before the violins take over briefly as the piano is allowed to terminate playtime and call us back to the classroom.