Sunday, November 1, 2009

Beethoven - The Five Piano Concertos - Serkin, Ozawa, Boston Symphony 3CD






Beethoven - The Five Piano Concertos - Serkin, Ozawa, Boston Symphony 3CD
Concerto | Eac, flac, cue | log, cover | 3 CD, 586 MB
October 25, 1990 | Telarc | RapidShare



It is no secret that there are quite a few excellent recordings of the Five Beethoven Piano Concertos available -- especially Brendel (both sets with Chicago and Vienna), Kempff, Perahia, Schiff, the list goes on. However, what I find particularly stunning about Rudolf Serkin's readings of the Beethoven Concertos is the pure human element he somehow employs in his playing and at the same time his ability to transcend that same element. Serkin's performances are, as I said in my subject line, brilliant. He (and I'm a HUGE Serkin fan, by the way) delivers performances that are inspiring, reliable, beautiful and wonderfully thought-provoking. In a word, his playing is pianistic, which I will dare say was Beethoven's intent with these works (after all, it is indeed well known that Beethoven was the most esteemed pianist during his time). Serkin is certainly in his comfort zone and these recording show it - he was a master at interpreting and performing 18th century works. Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra deliver magnificient readings -- beautiful, bold, and elegant playing. Telarc's digital recording (although early 1980s digital) is marvelous. This recording is a must have for Beethoven fans, pianists, and especially those of us beholden to the art of Rudolf Serkin!--Amazon


CD Content

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Boston Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Seiji Ozawa

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Boston Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Seiji Ozawa

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Boston Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Seiji Ozawa

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Boston Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Seiji Ozawa

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Boston Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Seiji Ozawa

6 comments:

  1. Sorry for the inconvinience...here is the missing part 3:
    http://rapidshare.com/files/300785021/Beet5PCSerOzaBos.txt.html

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  2. The Original link is OK now!

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  3. I'm going to try this aswell. Thanks.

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  4. thanks Otto. I was actually wanting to find a lossless post of the Serkin/Bernstein on CBS records from the sixties, but will be interesting to hear this one. Cheers.

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