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Beethoven - The 5 Piano Concertos

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer Haochen Zhang
Philadephia Orchestra
Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-2581 SACD
EAN 7318599925813
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

  –  3 discs
Release date Oct 2022
Total time 175'29

3 SACDs for the price of 2
As one of the finest pianists of his era and an improviser of genius, Ludwig van Beethoven’s preferred vehicle for musical exploration was the piano. With his five piano concertos composed between 1788 and 1809, he not only achieved a brilliant conclusion to the Classical piano concerto, but also established a new model for the Romantic era: a sort of symphony with obbligato piano which was to remain a reference point well into the twentieth century. &&&

After the first two concertos, which still closely follow the models of Haydn and Mozart, Concerto No. 3 marks a profound stylistic change. In the piano part, Beethoven pushes the instrument to its limits, leading commentators to remark that he was writing for the piano of the future. This trend continued and reached its fullness in the Fourth and Fifth Concertos, which today rank among the great composer’s most admired works.

In 2009, Haochen Zhang was the youngest pianist ever to receive the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since then he has captivated audiences worldwide with a unique combination of deep musical sensitivity, fearless imagination and spectacular virtuosity. He now performs the five Beethoven concertos supported by the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra under its principal guest conductor, the charismatic Nathalie Stutzmann.
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Disc 1
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op.15 37'12
01 I. Allegro con brio 17'57
02 II. Largo 10'47
03 III. Rondo 8'28
  Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op.19 28'33
04 I. Allegro con brio 14'01
05 II. Adagio 8'41
06 III. Rondo 5'51
Disc 2
  Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op.37 34'49
01 I. Allegro con brio 16'40
02 II. Largo 9'16
03 III. Rondo 8'53
  Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op.58 34'03
04 I. Allegro moderato 19'27
05 II. Andante con moto 4'45
06 III. Rondo 9'51
Disc 3
  Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major (Emperor), Op.73 37'52
01 I. Allegro 19'52
02 II. Adagio un poco mosso 7'54
03 III. Rondo 10'06
  Album total 175'29
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
PianoHaochen Zhang
OrchestraPhiladelphia Orchestra
ConductorStutzmann, Nathalie is a completely virtual record label and a secure online store open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Customers and visitors can download classical music in high quality FLAC or MP3 and find out more about classical music. Terms and Conditions