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Beethoven: The Piano Concertos
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Audio CD, 15 May 2020
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- Product Dimensions : 12.5 x 14.5 x 2 cm; 185.97 Grams
- Manufacturer : Hyperion
- Manufacturer reference : HYP68291.2
- Original Release Date : 2020
- Label : Hyperion
- ASIN : B084DGQKW8
- Number of discs : 3
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Hearing Stephen Hough over the course of one of music's most exhilarating odysseys is not an opportunity to be missed, especially when that odyssey encompasses the ?ve piano concertos of Beethoven. Recorded following a cycle of live performances in Helsinki, this magni?cent set is sure to be recognized as one of Hough's most important recordings.
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Stephen Hough has made meticulous preparation and his performance possesses clarity, dexterity, virtuosity while it captures the character and intent of the composer for the concertos, their individual movements and parts within movements. But it would be a grave omission not to give an equal credit to director Hannu Lintu and his superb Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. For it is the holistic effect and the continuous dialogue between soloist and orchestra that impacts the listener and provides fulfillment.
The meticulous preparation and attention to detail by Hough extends not only to the rendition but also to the music itself. In this regard, I would like to point that for Piano Concerto No.2, first movement, Hough is playing his own cadenza, following the tradition of improvised cadenzas that was prevalent when the work was composed; but for a reason because the cadenza Beethoven wrote in 1809 for Archduke Rudolph is somewhat problematic due to its advanced style and extended keyboard compass that are quite out of keeping with the rest of the concerto, and the music tends to sound rather incongruous.
A point might be in order for the Bosendorfer piano used in this recording; this is a 19th century instrument with beautiful, clear and rounded sound but is not powerful. I had listened to Hough playing on this piano, Brahms' Final Piano Pieces in an exemplary rendition but on that occasion the sound required was piano or pianissimo. I was concerned, therefore, how pianist and piano would cope with the vigorous and energetic sounds required in Beethoven's Piano Concertos 4 &5; after listening to them I was reassured as was another reviewer sharing the same concern with me.
This is how great music should be performed. Thank you all, to Stephen Hough, the Finnish Radio Symhony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu and the sound engineers. I heard just one of these concertos and bought four copies as gifts. I have listened to all five concertos now; they are all superb.