Without any doubt, this is one of the most magnificent recordings of the 3rd Concerto
…and it’s almost impossible to find it on vinyl – lucky me to have it
# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
# Orchestra: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
# Vinyl (1980)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# ASIN: B000001GXL
# Size: 820 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Nobody plays Beethoven like Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli!
He leaves his competitors lagging far behind. Mostly because ABM’s approach is totally Beethovenian, it is the first and only time this concerto is played with all the bravura, heroism, dramatism, sincerely conveying Beethoven’s passionate feelings.
Most pianist approach the first three piano concertos as if they were sort of Mozartian. Plenty of examples: Maurizio Pollini, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Martha Argerich, Vladimir Horowitz, Emil Gilels, even the great Sviatoslav Richter. They believe that all compositions classified as belonging to Beethoven’s early compositions are to be seen as rather immature, and consequently bearing the stamp of 18th century classicism. The C major concerto is Op. 15. The Pathetique piano sonata is Op.13. Now has anybody ever heard the Pathetique has been labelled immature?
Or Mozartian, or even Early? Nonsense. Beethoven was 28 when he finished Op. 15, a wholly mature composer. And so does ABM understand: he plays it as a grand concerto; he is right, it is a great piano concerto, one of the greatest.
All the approach is incredible: scales sound so breathtakingly as if you were in a roller-coaster or skiing down the Monte Bianco (let’s remember, in passing, ABM was a ski champion). Trills are also so giddy you wonder how ABM manages to keep his balance. His tempo, few rallentandi, are fascinating, his expression incomparable, his sound loudness control marvelous, he sounds colourful, deep, in total mastery. In my opinion it is not only by far the best rendition of the C major piano concerto, it is also high quality music. I rank this CD as the best music I have in my collection.
As is well known, ABM found the piano too percussive, so let alone forcefully hammering the keys, especially in fortissimi, as so many a renowned pianist is used to. The outcome of this unique view regarding the acoustic traits of the pianoforte becomes a turning-point in Michelangeli’s pianism. Striking chords are always lively and lovingly played, never pounded. ABM uses the most supreme technique, he seems to sculpt his performance out of the finest Carrara marble. The playing is at once Titanic and fine making the music the more Beethovenian, radical and free-spirited. In the first movement of the C Major concerto, the cadenza is played with all the stops out. Scales roll like thunder, minor seconds glint with scarifying brilliance. Midway, there is a terrific accelerando and chords black as judgment day. Then a trill and a devil-may-care return to the principal idea. It is all rather shocking. But Beethoven enjoyed shocking -terrorizing even- the solemn-browed cognoscenti of his day.
Enjoy Michelangeli on Youtube !
Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto
|Konzert Für Klavier Und Orchester Nr. 3 C-Moll / C Minor, Op. 37|
|A1||Allegro Con Brio||17:46|
Analyzed folder: /96kLvB_PC3_MicGiu/96k LvB – Piano Concerto No. 3 – Michelangeli-Giulini
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR15 -0.50 dB -20.51 dB A LvB – Piano Concerto No. 3 C Minor, Op. 37 – 1, Allegro Con Brio.wav
DR15 -5.96 dB -27.86 dB B1 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 3 C Minor, Op. 37 – 2, Largo.wav
DR14 -0.51 dB -19.87 dB B2 LvB – Piano Concerto No. 3 C Minor, Op. 37 – 3, Rondo. Allegro.wav
Number of files: 3
Official DR value: DR15
- Composed By – Ludwig van Beethoven
- Conductor – Carlo Maria Giulini
- Engineer – Klaus Hiemann
- Liner Notes [English, French, Italian] – Volker Scherliss
- Liner Notes [German] – Denis Matthews
- Orchestra – Wiener Symphoniker
- Piano – Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
- Producer – Cord Garben, Karl Faust
Recorded live February 1979
- RCM: Okki Nokki
- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
- Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
- Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Light de-Clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising
If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
- DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
- Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
- Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5
If you like what i do, please consider that a little donation would be very appreciate. I reinvest all donations in maintenance of my rig, for purchasing cleaning solutions and, most important of all, purchasing of new vinyls.
Click on the “Donate”-button. Thank you very much !
Download from FileFactory