Friday, June 10, 2011

Beethoven - The Complete Piano Concertos - Richard Goode, Ivan Fischer







The Budapest orchestra under Fischer plays with a brio that suits these Beethoven concertos so very well. Richard Goode’s playing here conforms perfectly with Fischer’s approach, and these two consummate musicians with matched orchestra bring us the five Beethoven concertos in an un-matched manner. In all three movements of each of the five concertos, inner part-writing is  clearly discernable and never unbalanced. Richard Goode’s Richard Goodekeyboard technique and the tonal quality he draws forth from his instrument are astonishing, but technique never overwhelms the music. Here, the music leads the pianist, not the other way around. Best of all is Goode’s phrase shaping, which causes the music virtually to speak. Iván Fischer is a conductor in the Central European tradition with a contemporary outlook. He does not schlep the music, but moves it along and imbues it with innigster Empfindung where appropriate. If you don’t own this three-CD set, your understanding of the Beethoven piano concertos is incomplete.


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