HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Ludwig van Beethoven – The Five Piano Concertos (Barenboim/Klemperer)

front-small-boxsetAlthough my four sets of Beethoven’s Concertos (Pollini, Kempff, Katchen, Arrau)  and Michelangeli’s 1st, 3rd and 5th, are the best I could find, there’s a grandeur in these performances that never crosses the line into clumsy heaviness, and in a strange way force coexists with suppleness. The Fantasia is a piece I fell in love with from the moment I heard it. This late 1960s recording of the Beethoven Piano Concertos is one of the best, and an interesting contrast: the young, brilliant pianist Barenboim with the elderly condcutor Klemperer.

# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: Daniel Barenboim
# Orchestra: New Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Otto Klemperer
# Vinyl (1968)
# Number of Discs: 4
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI/Angel
# DR-Analysis: DR: 15
# Size: 3.98 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Klemperer was known for slow tempos by the 1960s, and a sense of granitic structure: like viewing a beautiful rock hewn of granite from a distance, but not something you can get close to, nor call “charming” or “loving.” This sense is present in Klemperer’s orchestral contribution to these recordings: tempos are never too fast, and there is a sense that something timeless and great is going to happen in every movement. Barenboim’s pianism seems awesome: flawless and technically perfect. How lucky we are that Daniel Barenboim began to mature as a great artist with Klemperer enjoying a glorious Indian summer. This is a miraculous recording. The 24-year-old Barenboim is a match for the magisterial Klemperer, who was almost three times the age of his precocious pianist. It’s remarkable to find two artists of such different ages cooperating so well. And they’re fully equals as well – this is a version of the Beethoven concertos with soloist as primus inter pares. The Emperor has seldom sounded so grand. The orchestral playing is quite something as well.


  Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15
A1 1st Movement: Allegro Con Brio 16:15
A2 2nd Movement: Largo 13:13
B1 3rd Movement: Allegro Scherzando 9:27
B2 Fantasia In C Major For Piano, Chorus And Orchestra, Op.80 “Choral Fantasia” 21:00
  Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat Major, Op.19
C1 1st Movement: Allegro Con Brio 14:38
C2 2nd Movement: Adagio 9:43
C3 3rd Movement: Rondo: Molto Allegro (Cadenzas By Beethoven) 6:03
  Piano Concerto No.3 In C Minor, Op.37
D1 1st Movement: Allegro Con Brio 18:53
D2 2nd Movement: Largo 10:52
E1 3rd Movement: Rondo Allegro 9:55
  Piano Concerto No.4 In G Major, Op.58
E2 1st Movement: Allegro Moderato 20:49
F1 2nd Movement: Andante Con Moto 5:46
F2 3rd Movement: Rondo: Vivace (Cadenzas By Beethoven) 11:00
  Piano Concerto No.5 In E Flat Major, Op.73 (“The Emperor”)
G 1st Movement: Allegro 22:42
H1 2nd Movement: Adagio Un Poco Mosso 8:58
H2 3rd Movement: Rondo: Allegro 11:04



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7 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Ludwig van Beethoven – The Five Piano Concertos (Barenboim/Klemperer)

  1. Thank you dear Rachmaninov!

    I really like Barenboim and Klemperer with Beethoven (obviously 😉 ).
    Great choice as always!

    Bless you, friend.

  2. Dear Rachmaninov, I would never have thought to try Barenboim in this repertoire. I’m so glad I did (on your recommendation).
    My main interest is the 3rd and 4th and here Barenboim plays with great finesse and feeling. It goes without saying that, with Klemperer and your excellent transfers, this is a wonderful experience.
    Many thanks as always for your dedication and fine work!

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